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Football phenom Guidetti set for Sweden debut

Sweden coach Erik Hamren has hinted that teenage hot-shot John Guidetti could be handed a start in Wednesday's friendly with Croatia as he bids to earn a place in the Swedish squad for Euro 2012.

Football phenom Guidetti set for Sweden debut

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.

“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.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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