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Sweden squad named for Cyprus camp
« on: January 31, 2007, 10:54:22 AM »
Thomas Dennerby today announced the squad for the training camp on Cyprus, February 11-18. The camp includes matches against Japan (February 12) and Scotland (February 17), but mostly hard training: "The players will continue their pre-season training programs. We're not going to Cyprus with the main purpose to defeat Scotland, we're looking much further ahead." Still, Japan will be an interesting encounter as they are building up for their March World Cup qualification matches against Mexico.
The most interesting to see in Dennerby's first 2007 squad was his choice for the midfield - how he replaced the retired trio Fagerström, Moström and Sjöström (and for the first time I noticed that they all have surnames ending in "ström". Peculiar, isn't it? Not that "ström" is an unusual part of a Swedish surname, it's probably one of the most common and an evidence of the Swedish fascination with nature: it means swiftly flowing water. But it can also mean current as in sea current or electric current. This was a ridiculously long parenthesis). So we're looking at Nilla Fischer, Frida Nordin and Salina Olsson instead. Not that exciting. And since Hedvig Lindahl isn't available, Umeå's newly signed keeper Carola Söberg makes the trip and could get her first national team cap. And Hanna Ljungberg is intentionally left out - Dennerby thinks she needs to rest.

Goalkeepers:

Caroline Jönsson   
Sofia Lundgren
Carola Söberg

Defenders:

Hanna Marklund   
Sara Larsson   
Anna Paulson   
Stina Segerström   
Sara Thunebro   
Karolina Westberg   
Frida Östberg
   
Midfielders:

Nilla Fischer   
Maria Karlsson   
Frida Nordin   
Salina Olsson   
Caroline Seger   
Therese Sjögran   
Josefine Öqvist   

Forwards:

Maria Aronsson   
Therese Lundin   
Lotta Schelin   
Victoria Svensson   


Dennerby visited Linköping yesterday on his tour to national team players. He had talks with Sara Larsson, Frida Östberg, Caroline Seger, Josefine Öqvist, Hedvig Lindahl, Maria Karlsson and Maria Aronsson and would have liked to get a one-on-one with Linköping defender Lotta Rohlin, who unfortunately was in Germany visiting her boyfriend. "She has for a long time been playing on a consistently high level, and that's what makes a player interesting for the national team", he commented on Rohlin, who at 26 has never played for the full national team.


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