Erik Hamren names Sweden squad to face Ireland
Sweden manager Erik Hamren has named a 23 man squad to play the Republic of Ireland on March 22nd.
Speaking at the announcement, Hamren said “This will be a different game compared to previous games in the qualifiers. Ireland is an opponent with a lot of attitude and a big heart. They will do everything to destroy our party at home.”
PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the danger man in the squad with 86 caps, while midfielder Anders Svensson adds plenty of experience after 138 international appearances.
Turkish-born midfielder Erkan Zengin who plies his trade with Eskehirspor could be in line to win his first cap for Sweden, having played 13 times for the Swedish u21 side after switching allegiance from Turkey. “He recently had a fantastic match against Galatasaray, and that was the deciding factor as to why we called him up,” said Hamren.
Andreas Isaksson (Kasimpasa SK), Christopher Nordfelt (SC Heerenveen), Johan Wiland (Copenhagen), Mikael Antonsson (Bologna), Andreas Granqvist (Genoa), Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Per Nilsson (Nurnberg), Jonas Olsson (West Brom), Martin Olsson (Blackburn), Behrang Safari (Anderlecht), Jimmy Durmaz (Genclerbirligi), Rasmus Elm (CSKA Moscow), Alexander Gerndt (Young Boys Berne), Samuel Holmen (Istanbul BB), Tobias Hysen (Gothenburg), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG), Alexander Kacaniklic (Burnley), Kim Kallstrom (Spartak Moscow), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), Anders Svensson (Elfsborg), Ola Toivonen (PSV Eindhoven), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow), Erkan Zengin (Eskhisehirspor).