Hamrén to announce Euro 2016 line-up
The coach of the Swedish national men's football team, Erik Hamrén, is due to present the line-up for Euro 2016 Wednesday evening.
Sweden is playing alongside Ireland, Italy and Belgium in Group E. Sweden’s chances against these teams would normally be quite slim according to Stefan Elofsson, head of Swedish Radio's Sports Department. But seeing as there are more participants than usual in the European Championships this year, some of the teams ending up in third place in their group will qualify for the knock-out stages. And if that is the case for Sweden’s group, Elofsson thinks they could have a chance.
“It’s between Sweden and Ireland, I would say. Belgium and Italy are far better than Sweden,” Elofsson told Radio Sweden.
Speculation is rife in the media on what players will be picked for the squad, with many sports journalists having presented their own shadow teams. Elofsson points out team captain Zlatan Ibrahimović, goal keeper Andreas Isaksson and the midfielder Kim Källström as some of the given names in the Swedish team.
Sweden’s football team is sometimes criticised for relying to heavily on Zlatan Ibrahimović as its star player. But Stefan Elofsson thinks it is a matter of perspective, pointing out that no team in the world would turn down a player with Ibrahimović’s qualities.
“You have to remember he’s one of the top ten players in the world. The others are bound to be pretty far behind,” Elofsson said.
Erik Hamrén has been the coach of the Swedish team since 2009. He has announced that he will step down after Euro 2016, but Elofsson does not think that will affect the players’ performance in France.