Swedish boss warns Ireland out to spoil the party

Swedish coach Erik Hamren has warned that Ireland will set out to be party poopers in Stockholm when the countries meet in a World Cup qualifier on Friday week.

Swedish boss warns Ireland out to spoil the party

Unveiling his squad for the game, Hamren said: “This will be a different game compared to previous games in the qualifiers. Ireland is an opponent with a lot of attitude and a big heart. They will do everything to destroy our party at home.”

Johan Elmander, Rasmus Bengtsson and Joel Ekstrand all miss out on selection through injury but, controversially, Alexander Gerndt is back after a lengthy absence following a suspended sentence for assault handed down in December 2011.

“He has been punished by society and taken it,” said the international manager. “My job is to take Sweden to the World Cup in Brazil and, to have the best possible squad, I want him. In my world, there is also such a thing as a second chance.”

New to the squad is former U21 cap Erkan Zengin of Turkish side Eskehirspor.

“The deciding factor now was that he recently had a fantastic match against Galatasaray,” said Hamren.

Austria coach Marcel Koller has recalled Stuttgart midfielder Martin Harnik for the Group C qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on March 26.

Hungary will have to play their World Cup qualifier against Romania later this month behind closed doors after the Court of Arbitration for Sport refused to allow the temporary suspension of a FIFA sanction. In January Hungary were ordered to play the Group D match on March 22 in an empty stadium after supporters had chanted anti-Semitic abuse.

SWEDEN SQUAD: Andreas Isaksson (Kasimpasa SK), Christopher Nordfelt (SC Heerenveen), Johan Wiland (Copenhagen), Mikael Antonsson (Bologna), Andreas Granqvist (Genoa), Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Per Nilsson (Nurnberg), Jonas Olsson (West Brom), Martin Olsson (Blackburn), Behrang Safari (Anderlecht), Jimmy Durmaz (Genclerbirligi), Rasmus Elm (CSKA Moscow), Alexander Gerndt (Young Boys Berne), Samuel Holmen (Istanbul BB), Tobias Hysen (Gothenburg), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG), Alexander Kacaniklic (Burnley), Kim Kallstrom (Spartak Moscow), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), Anders Svensson (Elfsborg), Ola Toivonen (PSV Eindhoven), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow), Erkan Zengin (Eskhisehirspor).

AUSTRIA SQUAD: Robert Almer (Duesseldorf), Lukas Koenigshofer (Rapid Vienna), Heinz Lindner (Austria Vienna), Aleksandar Dragovic (Basel), Christian Fuchs (Schalke 04), Gyoergy Garics (Bologna), Florian Klein (Salzburg), Emanuel Pogatetz (West Ham), Sebastian Proedl (Werder Bremen), Franz Schiemer (Salzburg), Markus Suttner (Austria Vienna), David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Marko Arnautovic (Werder Bremen), Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz), Martin Harnik (VfB Stuttgart), Andreas Ivanschitz (Mainz), Jakob Jantscher (Dynamo Moscow), Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen), Veli Kavlak (Besiktas), Christoph Leitgeb (Salzburg), Philipp Hosiner (Austria Vienna), Marc Janko (Trabzonspor), Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa).

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CourtsSoccerPlace: StockholmPlace: BrazilPlace: Aviva StadiumPerson: Erik HamrenPerson: HamrenPerson: Johan ElmanderPerson: Rasmus BengtssonPerson: Joel EkstrandPerson: Alexander GerndtPerson: Erkan ZenginPerson: Marcel KollerPerson: Martin HarnikPerson: Andreas IsakssonPerson: Christopher NordfeltPerson: Johan WilandPerson: Mikael AntonssonPerson: Andreas GranqvistPerson: Mikael LustigPerson: Per NilssonPerson: Jonas OlssonPerson: Martin OlssonPerson: Behrang SafariPerson: Jimmy DurmazPerson: Rasmus ElmPerson: Samuel HolmenPerson: Tobias HysenPerson: Zlatan IbrahimovicPerson: Alexander KacaniklicPerson: Kim KallstromPerson: Sebastian LarssonPerson: Anders SvenssonPerson: Ola ToivonenPerson: Pontus WernbloomPerson: Robert AlmerPerson: Lukas KoenigshoferPerson: Heinz LindnerPerson: Aleksandar DragovicPerson: Christian FuchsPerson: Gyoergy GaricsPerson: Florian KleinPerson: Emanuel PogatetzPerson: Sebastian ProedlPerson: Franz SchiemerPerson: Markus SuttnerPerson: David AlabaPerson: Marko ArnautovicPerson: Julian BaumgartlingerPerson: Andreas IvanschitzPerson: Jakob JantscherPerson: Zlatko JunuzovicPerson: Veli KavlakPerson: Christoph LeitgebPerson: Philipp HosinerPerson: Marc JankoPerson: Andreas WeimannEvent: World CupOrganisation: IrelandOrganisation: SwedenOrganisation: EskehirsporOrganisation: GalatasarayOrganisation: StuttgartOrganisation: HungaryOrganisation: RomaniaOrganisation: Court of Arbitration for SportOrganisation: FIFAOrganisation: Kasimpasa SKOrganisation: SC HeerenveenOrganisation: CopenhagenOrganisation: BolognaOrganisation: GenoaOrganisation: CelticOrganisation: NurnbergOrganisation: West BromOrganisation: BlackburnOrganisation: AnderlechtOrganisation: GenclerbirligiOrganisation: CSKA MoscowOrganisation: Young Boys BerneOrganisation: Istanbul BBOrganisation: GothenburgOrganisation: PSGOrganisation: BurnleyOrganisation: Spartak MoscowOrganisation: SunderlandOrganisation: ElfsborgOrganisation: PSV EindhovenOrganisation: EskhisehirsporOrganisation: DuesseldorfOrganisation: Rapid ViennaOrganisation: Austria ViennaOrganisation: BaselOrganisation: Schalke 04Organisation: SalzburgOrganisation: West HamOrganisation: Werder BremenOrganisation: Bayern MunichOrganisation: MainzOrganisation: VfB StuttgartOrganisation: Dynamo MoscowOrganisation: BesiktasOrganisation: TrabzonsporOrganisation: Aston Villa

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