Young Swedish football fans meet England team

In the run-up to Wednesday’s friendly football match between Sweden and England in Stockholm, a group of Swedish teenagers got the chance to meet the English national football team and watch them practice.

Young Swedish football fans meet England team

“They don’t do it every time. But we suggested it to the FA (English Football Association) and they talked to the team and lobbied them a little bit,” Anna Coyet from the British Embassy told The Local.

Related gallery: See the young Swedish fans meet the English national team.

In cooperation with Fryshuset, a youth centre based in Stockholm, 25 teenagers between 13 and 20 years old, were invited to watch the English football team train on Tuesday evening. The training session took place in the recently opened Friends Arena, where the game will be played on Wednesday night.

“They first watched the training for about an hour and 15 minutes. After that they got a chance to talk to the players and get their autographs as well as some photos,” Coyet said.

“The players went by all the kids one by one. No one snuck back to the dressing-room,” she added.

The kids were excited to meet the international players.

“I love Liverpool and I really wanted to meet Gerrard,” one of the teenagers told the embassy staff.

Meeting the players and getting their autographs was a definite highlight. However, being able to be in the new arena was an added bonus.

“It was awesome to be allowed to go to the new arena and to meet the whole English national team,” another visiting teenager said.

The England-Sweden friendly will be played in the Friends arena, in the Solna district of Stockholm, at 8.30pm on Wednesday.

Sanne Schim van der Loeff

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Zlatan has been ‘cured’ of coronavirus: AC Milan

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been given the all-clear to end his quarantine period and return to action after testing negative for coronavirus, the Serie A club announced on Friday.

Zlatan has been 'cured' of coronavirus: AC Milan
Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal in September. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP
Milan confirmed in a statement that the Swedish striker had “tested negative” twice in a row, as stipulated in the protocol to be able to lift the quarantine procedure.
Ibrahimovic, 39, sounded a more triumphal note on his social media: “You are cured! The health authority says the quarantine is over, you can go out!”, he wrote on Twitter.

The announcement comes a day after Milan said Ibrahimovic had tested positive a second time for Covid-19, putting in doubt his participation in the Milan derby on October 17.
Ibrahimovic first tested positive on September 24.
The derby remains in doubt with two other Milan players and five from Inter currently in self-quarantine.
In spite of his absence, Milan have made a decent start to the season, having climbed to second in Serie A after winning all three of their games and reaching the group stages of the Europa League.