If the Scandinavians want to advance, they will have to be on the top of their game in a group that includes Belgium and Italy. In what could well be Zlatan’s international farewell for Sweden, he will want to go out on a career high in the country where he has dominated the scoring charts for the past four seasons at PSG. They have never got past the semi-final stage, maybe this is their time.
Andreas Isaksson will be the man in between the sticks for Sweden. The former Manchester City goalkeeper has 128 caps to his name, but clean sheets may be difficult to achieve considering the opposition. There were mixed seasons for members of the defence, as Mikael Lustig won a Scottish League title with Celtic whilst Martin Olsson was relegated from the Premier League with Norwich City.
Sunderland man Sebastian Larsson will be in a good mood, having helped his side retain their Premier League status. Fellow midfielder Emil Fosberg has also endured a decent campaign with eight goals for second tier German side Leipzig, who will be playing in the top flight after the Euros having helped them to promotion. Pontus Wernbloom won the Russian Premier League with CSKA Moscow in addition.
There’s only one man worth talking about in this section for Sweden; Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 11 goals in qualifying and 38 goals in Ligue 1 are more than enough to tell the story. You have got to get the 34-year-old involved; he is simply unplayable at times. Defences of other nations will have to come up with something special to stop the striker finding the back of the net at Euro 2016.
Written by Dean Ammi (@footywriterdean)
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