Squad update

There were very few surprises in Erik Hamren’s final selection.

Patrik Carlgren was selected ahead of Johannes Hopf as third-choice keeper. Pontus Jansson and Erik Johansson were preferred in central defence to Alexander Milosevic, while Mikael Antonsson missed out through injury. Right-back Emil Salomonsson was overlooked as Hamren opted for only seven defenders. That allowed for the inclusion of attacker Emir Kujovic as a possible wild card.

Midfielder Albin Ekdal was included despite being hospitalised after a nightclub fall while celebrating with Hamburg team-mates after they secured their Bundesliga status.

Final squad


Name: Patrik Carlgren
Caps/goals: 1/0
Club: AIK
Age: 24 (08.01.92)
Picked ahead of Johannes Hopf as the third-choice keeper. Euro Under-21 champion last year.
Andreas Isaksson
Kasimpasa (Tur)
Age 34 (03.10.81)
Long-serving number one about to start his sixth major international tournament. Rarely outstanding but seldom off-key.

Robin Olsen
PAOK (Gre)
Age 26 (08.01.90)
Giant custodian of Danish descent, currently on loan at Copenhagen. Swedish league’s keeper of the year in 2014.


Ludwig Augustinsson
Copenhagen (Den)
Age 22 (21.04.94)
Up and coming left-back with plenty of tenacity, commitment and drive. Played every minute of the Euro Undfer-21 triumph last year.

Andreas Granqvist
Krasnodar (Rus)
Age 31 (16.04.85)
Aerially-dominant and technically assured centre-back, voted Sweden’s best defender last. Had a reputation for spectacular solo goals in Holland with Groningen.

Pontus Jansson
Torino (Ita)
Age 25 (13.02.91)
Tall centre-back who has been on the fringes of the national side since his debut in 2012.

Erik Johansson
Copenhagen (Den)
Age 27 (30.12.88)
Centre-back who began his career as a midfielder. Senior Sweden debut in 2014 but yet to feature in 2016.

Emir Kujovic
Age 27 (22.06.88)
Tall attacker who was born in the former Yugoslavia. First called up by the seniors for last year’s play-off against Denmark.

Victor Lindelof
Benfica (Por)
Age 21 (17.07.94)
Strapping stopper also capable of playing right-back or as a midfield holder. Scored the winning penalty in 2015 Euro Under-21 Final.

Mikael Lustig
Celtic (Sco)
Age 29 (13.12.86)
Celtic vice-captain, can play in central-defence or right-back, but usually lines up on the flank for his country, where his sense of adventure and high energy comes to the fore.

Martin Olsson
Norwich City (Eng)
Age 28m (17.05.88)
First-choice left-back, though has started infrequently this term for his club. Brother-in-law of Dallas Mavericks NBA star, Dirk Nowitzki.


Jimmy Durmaz
Olympiakos (Gre)
Age 27 (22.03.89)
Resourceful wide-man renowned for his dribbling skills, cultured left-foot, competitive spirit and eye for goal.

Albin Ekdal
Hamburg (Ger)
Age 26 (28.07.89)
All-rounder, offering quality and quantity, sound tactical nous and physicality. HIs father, Lennart, is a leading Swedish journalist and TV presenter.

Emil Forsberg
RB Leipzig (Ger)
Age 24 (23.10.91)
Wide man or number 10 who palys in the German second tier. Like his grandfather and father, he used to play for Swedish club Sundsvall.

Oscar Hiljemark
Palermo (Ita)
Age 23 (28.06.92)
An uncompromising battler who also has fine technique and excellent vision. Captained Sweden’s under-21 side when just 18.

Kim Kallstrom
Grasshoppers (Swi)
Age 33 (24.08.82)
Veteran defensive midfielder who many have claim is past his sell-by date but has never let Hamren down. Set-piece expert.

Seb Larsson
Sunderland (Eng)
Age 31 (06.06.85)
Right-sided operative whose main assets are his crossing ability, dead-ball skills, good engine and work ethic. Joining Arsenal at 15.

Oscar Lewicki
Age 23 (14.07.92)
Gritty and tactically disciplined central midfielder. Another former under-21 headliner, he spent time at Bayern Munich as a teenager.

Pontus Wernbloom
CSKA Moscow (Rus)
Age 29 (25.06.86)
Hyperactive and uncompromising sweeper in front of the back-four, but can overstep the regulatory mark on occasion.


Marcus Berg
Panathinaikos (Gre)
Age 29 (17.08.86)
The top scorer at the 2009 Euro Under-21s but has not prospered as much at senior level. Good in the air with a sure touch.

John Guidetti
Celta Vigo (Spa)
Age 24 (15.04.92)
Battering-ram striker who for most of his career has looked far happier in a Sweden shirt than in club colours. Full-blooded, he is a fans’ favourite.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Paris Saint-Germain (Fra)
Age 34 (03.10.81)
World-class front runner, showman and acrobatic finisher. Brash, single-minded and egocentric, Sweden’s player of the year a record 10 times.

Erkan Zengin
Trabzonspor (Tur)
Age 30 (05.08.85)
Turkish-born winger bristling with flair and zip, but will have to make do with a role from the bench.