SWE­DEN

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11 Run­ners up (1958)

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Janne An­der­s­son Manch­ester United de­fender Vic­tor Lin­de­lof (be­low) is by far their most ex­pe­ri­enced player, even though he has only made 17 ap­pear­ances for the club. But he is one they will rely heav­ily on. The rest of the squad play in far-flung clubs like

Seat­tle Sounders, Krasnodar,

Cro­tone and Waasland-Bev­eren.

Nearer to home there’s Martin

Olsson of Swansea and

Hull’s Se­bas­tian Lars­son.

Lin­de­lof joined United from Ben­fica but has yet to truly es­tab­lish him­self.

The World Cup could be the per­fect win­dow.

Group.

Swe­den fin­ished sec­ond when they staged the fi­nals in 1958, were third in 1950 and also in

1994. World ranked 24, they are dogged rather than spec­tac­u­lar but should never be over­looked. They are in a group with two coun­tries who look much stronger than them and not much is ex­pected.

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