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Austria picks Marko Arnautovic despite club ban

Austria picks Marko Arnautovic despite club ban

Austria midfielder Marko Arnautovic has been selected for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Sweden in June despite not playing club football since being banned by Werder Bremen in late April for speeding.
Arnautovic and teammate Eljero Elia missed the last four matches of the Bundesliga season after being caught going over the speed limit on a highway.
Austria coach Marcel Koller says he included Arnautovic in the 23-man squad on Wednesday because of "his football qualities. We need the best players. I spoke with him ... and I don't see a reason to change anything."
Arnautovic has scored seven goals in 26 internationals.
Austria will miss suspended midfielder Veli Kavlak for the June 7 game against Sweden in Group C, which also includes Germany, Ireland, Kazakhstan and Faeroe Islands.


Updated : 2021-03-08 18:19 GMT+08:00