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Henrik Larsson has agreed to come out of international retirement to play for Sweden in the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal, according to reports.

The striker quit the international game after Sweden’s exit from the 2002 World Cup.

“Everyone can change their mind. The desire for Euro 2004 has been there all the time, but I haven’t been sure until now,” he told a Swedish newspaper.

“Physically I feel well, so it wouldn’t be wrong to play in Euro 2004,” Larsson told Helsingborgs Dagblad.

Swedish coach Lars Lagerback was understandably elated to learn of the the striker’s u-turn.

“We are pleased with Henrik’s “yes” and we must say that we have never closed the door on him,” Lagerback said.

“He is very welcome in the squad.”

Larsson has scored 24 goals and played 72 times for his country. He came out of retirement for one match to help Sweden win a qualifier against Hungary last year.

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