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Football phenom Guidetti set for Sweden debut

AFP/The Local · 27 Feb 2012, 16:17

Published: 27 Feb 2012 16:17 GMT+01:00

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The 19-year-old Manchester City striker has been in scintillating form during his loan spell at Dutch side Feyenoord, racking up 18 goals in 17 matches, and Hamren says his recent performances have made him impossible to ignore.

"I think he clearly deserves it given the results he's had with his club," said the Sweden coach.

"I see John as the top forward, either alone in a 4-2-3-1 or as one of two."

Guidetti's blistering scoring streak with Feynoord has had much of the footballing world to take notice, especially after he netted his third hat-trick in a row earlier this month, making the first player to do so in the top Dutch league since 1963,

According to Hamren, Guidetti could find himself under “enormous pressure” ahead of his expected debut with Sweden's national side.

Sweden's coach said he may field Guidetti alongside Sweden's talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Wednesday's game in Zagreb, although there is a possibility that the Milan striker could make way for Guidetti by dropping to the bench.

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"It's going to be gold to play with Zlatan," Guidetti told the Expressen daily, adding that he expected a "tough match" against Slaven Bilic's Croatia.

Sweden have been paired alongside England, France and co-hosts Ukraine in Group D at Euro 2012, which runs from June 8 to July 1 in Poland and Ukraine.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

21:38 February 27, 2012 by McChatter
Hope he keeps his shirt on if he plays. He got a red card for that 2 weeks ago.
22:55 February 27, 2012 by Rod Munch
Good! Finally we can drop the useless Zlatan.
04:17 February 28, 2012 by Beavis
Drop donkey.. this guy can score goals..Sweden may have a chance now..but will he have the nerve to finally let the donkey sit on the bench where he belongs?
07:11 February 28, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
...might not the difference be that Guidetti is surrounded by better players at Man City/Feyernoord - than he would be when playing for Sweden?
09:24 February 28, 2012 by Stonebridge
@TheLocal - I think you mean "phenomenon" in that headline.
12:06 February 28, 2012 by Jes
It is like a wedding in Yemen when polygamous Mustafa brings home a second wife . The first wife must dance and smile though she is weeping inside. Zlatan finds himself in an ackward place . Just like than , Swedish cameras are zooming in on a new arrival with a fresher face.

Ironically , Sweden is marrying its new wife in Croatia off all places .......Zlatan must attend and smile like he was advertizing Colgate .
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