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Elmander returns for Sweden

Hamren makes three changes for England

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Elmander fractured his metatarsal in May© Getty Images

Sweden have named their starting XI for Friday night’s encounter with England, with Johan Elmander’s return to the side one of three changes named by Erik Hamren from the side defeated by Ukraine.

Elmander, Jonas Olsson and Anders Svensson all come into the side at the expense of Markus Rosenberg, Mikael Lustig and Ola Toivonen respectively. All three players have, of course, played in the English Premier League for a major spell of their career.

The changes will see Andreas Granqvist shift to right-back in order to accommodate Olsson in the centre of the back-line, while Rasmus Elm will play from the left as Svensson drops into midfield alongside Kim Kallstrom.

The big news, though, is the inclusion of Elmander who had been a doubt for the tournament following a fracture to his right foot. The former Bolton striker appeared as a substitute against Ukraine and almost made an immediate impact, but missed a golden opportunity in the dying moments – having been played in by strike partner Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The changes will come as little surprise given the nature of Sweden’s defeat to Ukraine, with Jonas Olsson’s inclusion an attempt to shore up a defensive line that conceded both goals from headers in their opening clash.

Sweden XI: Isaksson; Granqvist, J Olsson, Mellberg, M Olsson; Larssen, Svensson, Kallstron, Elm; Ibrahimovic; Elmander.


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