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Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 3 Aug 2010, 15:53

Published: 03 Aug 2010 15:53 GMT+02:00

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Swedish national team coach Erik Hamrén announced the squad for the game, the last before the Euro 2012 qualifiers begin in the autumn, at a press conference on Tuesday.

"It is of course great to see the return of a highly motivated Zlatan in the national team," Hamrén said of his newly appointed captain who last played for his country in Sweden's ill-fated World Cup campaign.

The former Rosenborg coach was able to name an almost complete squad of first choice players with only Rasmus Elm missing out through injury. Johan Wiland, Tobias Hysén and Johan Elmander were among those returning to the team.

While the game against Scotland is classified as a friendly Hamrén underlined the importance of the clash and said that he was looking forward to the meet up with his players as many of the major European leagues begin their seasons.

"This is an important international for us. It is important to train together and talk together before the important matches against Hungary and San Marino on September 3rd and 7th respectively.

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The August match is the 12th meeting between Sweden and Scotland with the statistics at five wins apiece and one draw. The last meeting was in November 2004 when Sweden won 4-1 in Glasgow.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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17:35 August 3, 2010 by Kevtravels
Should be a good match for Sweden, unsure why Zlatan was made captain but if it motivates him more, that's all for the best. I'd like to see Berg and Toivonen partner up as they're quality and should help lead the team to Euro 2012.
10:33 August 4, 2010 by Granville
easy win for Scotland! :) Should be a great night in Stockholm with the tartan army
20:08 August 5, 2010 by we-say-polis-too
"The August match is the 12th meeting between Sweden and Scotland with the statistics at five wins apiece and one draw. The last meeting was in November 2004 when Sweden won 4-1 in Glasgow."

Berti Vogts must have been in charge then...
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