Sweden national Coach Erik Hamren has responded to his sides disappointing defeat against co-hosts Ukraine, by making three changes for the England game on Friday, reports Sky
Hamren knows that following the 2-1 defeat to Ukraine, his side will be eliminated from the European Championships if they lose to England in Kiev. With the possibility of exiting the competition with a game to spare, changes have been made to the largely ineffective Swedish side ahead of the game against Roy Hodgson’s men.
Celtic defender Mikael Lustig received much of the criticism after the opening match, with his failure to stop winger Yevhen Konoplyanka. Lustig will start from the bench against England with Andreas Granqvist moving to the right-back position from the centre of defence, allowing Jonas Olsson to start.
In the midfield the Swedish coaching team have opted to start Anders Svensson ahead of Olva Toivonen in the centre of midfield to add some much needed experience to the side.
The final change sees Markus Rosenberg drop down to the bench as former Bolton striker Johan Elmander gets a start after coming on as a substitute in the last game.
Erik Hamren has called for a “good energy” ahead of the crunch game against England, with rumours that the national Coach called some of his players “cowards” still circulating, and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic criticising his team-mates’ “willingness” to approach their families rather than focus on the defeat.
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