Sweden set to field stars in Dublin

Sweden coach Lars Lagerback has confirmed he will pick the strongest squad available ahead of the March 1 clash with the Republic of Ireland at Lansdowne Road, Dublin.

The coach’s decision means the Lansdowne Road faithful could see the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Freddie Ljungberg and Henrik Larsson in Steve Staunton’s first match in charge of Ireland.

“It’s an important game for us, the first time all the professional players are called,” said Lagerback.

“Ireland has a good side with a new manager and will give us a great game. They will play a strong game and it´s vital to us to have a good performance. The result is of secondary importance.”

Lagerback is set to make changes to the side in the second half of the clash with key players facing a busy Champions League schedule in coming weeks.

Only five of the players to the selected in the squad plays club football in the Swedish league.

Squad: Eddie Gustafsson (Ham-Kam Fotball), Andreas Isaksson (Rennes); Christoffer Andersson (Lillestrom), Mikael Dorsin (Rosenborg), Erik Edman (Rennes), Petter Hansson (Heerenveen), Teddy Lucic (Hacken), Olof Mellberg (Aston Villa), Alexander Ostlund (Southampton); Niclas Alexandersson (Gothenburg), Mattias Jonson (Djurgardens), Daniel Andersson (Malmo), Kim Kallstrom (Rennes) Tobias Linderoth (Kobenhavn), Freddie Ljungberg (Arsenal), Anders Svensson (Elfsborg), Christian Wilhelmsson (Anderlecht); Marcus Allback (FC Copenhagen), Johan Elmander (Brondby), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Juventus), Henrik Larsson (Barcelona), Markus Rosenberg (Ajax).

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