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Sweden calls up full-strength squad for Euro 2008 qualifier against Denmark

Sweden calls up full-strength squad for Euro 2008 qualifier against Denmark

Sweden included injured Manchester City goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson in a full-strength squad for a European Championship qualifier against Denmark.
Isaksson has missed the start of the Premier League season because of a fractured thumb, and Sweden coach Lars Lagerback said Tuesday he was not sure whether the goalkeeper will be fit in time for the Sept. 8 match in Stockholm.
Lagerback also included Elfsborg goalkeeper Johan Wiland along with regular backup Rami Shaaban in the 23-man squad.
Captain Fredrik Ljungberg was also named to the squad despite struggling with a groin injury, while Inter Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Toulouse's Johan Elmander are expected to spearhead Sweden's attack.
Sweden leads Group F with 18 points after seven games, two points ahead of Northern Ireland and three clear of Spain. Denmark, the 1992 European champion, is in fourth place with 10 points and must win to have a realistic chance of reaching the Euro 2008 tournament.
"If we beat Denmark then they're probably out of the running considering the difference in points and the amount of games left," Lagerback said. "But that's not something we need to tell our players to motivate them. Just playing Denmark at Rasunda (stadium) is enough."
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Roster:
Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (Manchester City) Rami Shabaan (Fredrikstad), Johan Wiland (Elfsborg)
Defenders: Mattias Concha (Bochum), Erik Edman (Rennes), Petter Hansson (Rennes), Daniel Majstorovic (FC Basel), Olof Mellberg (Aston Villa), Mikael Nilsson (Panathinaikos)
Midfielders: Niclas Alexandersson (IFK Goteborg), Daniel Andersson (Malmo FF), Kennedy Bakircioglu (Ajax), Dusan Djuric (Halmstad), Kim Kallstrom (Lyon), Tobias Linderoth (Galatasaray), Fredrik Ljungberg (West Ham), Anders Svensson (Elfsborg), Christian Wilhemsson (Bolton)
Forwards: Marcus Allback (FC Copenhagen), Johan Elmander (Toulouse), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan), Rade Prica (Aalborg), Markus Rosenberg (Werder Bremen)


Updated : 2020-12-05 23:26 GMT+08:00