Whilst all of the countries competing in the World Cup 2018 have until the 4th of June to announce their final squads, there are some countries whose coaches have decided to release their line-ups early.
Sweden are one of these teams, as they announced their 23-man squad last week. The announcement was met with some surprise as Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimović had been notably omitted.
The 23 players travelling to Russia with the Swedish international team are as follows:
- Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Robin Olsen, Ludwig Augustinsson, Andreas Granqvist, Filip Helander, Pontus Jansson, Emil Krafth, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Martin Olsson, Viktor Claesson, Jimmy Durmaz, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Oscar Hiljemark, Sebastian Larsson, Marcus Rohden, Gustav Svensson, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Isaac Kiese Thelin, Ola Toivonen
Sweden will play their first match of the World Cup 2018 on the 18th June, against South Korea. They are currently the favourites to win this match, which means their starting eleven shouldn’t matter too much, but there are still many football fans trying to guess who will play.
Of the 23 players chosen for Sweden’s World Cup squad, eleven will start in the first match. What is strange about Sweden’s team is that coach Janne Anderson has only selected four strikers. This has many speculating that Anderson will play a 4-2-3-1 system, with Marcus Berg as the leading forward. Berg has had an excellent season, scoring 25 goals for his club Al Ain.