Could this be the dream team that scores for Sweden?
TT/AFP/The Local · 12 May 2016, 08:42
Published: 12 May 2016 08:24 GMT+02:00
Updated: 12 May 2016 08:42 GMT+02:00
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Sweden has announced its squad for Euro 2016 and it includes six of the Under-21 side which took Sweden to its historic win in the European Championships alongside star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Sweden's national side hasn't reached the semi-finals of a European competition since 1992, but the Nordic country's hoping to capitalize on the success of the players who took home their first European Under-21 title in history last summer, sparking mass celebrations.
Outgoing manager Erik Hamrén announced his full squad on Thursday and it includes six of the young stars, including defenders Victor Lindelöf and Ludwig Augustinsson, and former Under-21 captain and Manchester City striker John Guidetti (pictured below). Also included is last season's top scorer in the Swedish league, forward Emir Kujović.
PSG player and Sweden's top goal scorer in history, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will join the squad in what he has said will be his last European Championship.
Other big international names on the list include Martin Olsson, who plays for Norwich in the English premier league, Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson and and Mikael Lustig who is signed to top flight Scottish side Celtic.
Hamburg star Albin Ekdal was also named by Hamrén, however his ability to play remains in doubt after he was hospitalized after falling in a German nightclub last weekend, just a month ahead of the Euros.
The 26-year-old revealed on Twitter on Monday that he had cut his back after landing on a glass table.
"I'll do everything in my power to play in the Euros, if I'm selected, which I have long aspired to," he said.
Albin Ekdal (pictured right) is hoping he'll get to wear his new jersey alongside his team mates
Sweden will play Slovenia in Malmö on May 30th and then Wales in Solna, north of Stockholm on June 5th in their final warm-up games before taking on Republic of Ireland at Paris' Stade de France in their first European championship match on June 13th.
The Swedes also face Belgium and Italy in Group E.
Here is Sweden's full European Championship squad
Andreas Isaksson (Kasimpasa)
Robin Olsen (Copenhagen)
Patrik Carlgren (AIK)
Mikael Lustig (Celtic)
Martin Olsson, (Norwich)
Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar)
Victor Lindelöf (Benfica)
Erik Johansson (Copenhagen)
Ludwig Augustinsson (Copenhagen)
Pontus Jansson (Torino)
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland)
Jimmy Durmaz, Olympiakos
Oscar Lewicki, Malmo FF
Kim Källström (Grasshopper)
Albin Ekdal (Hamburg)
Emil Forsberg (Leipzig)
Erkan Zengin (Trabzonspor)
Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow)
Oscar Hiljemark (Palermo)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG)
John Guidetti (Celta Vigo)
Marcus Berg (Panathinaikos)
Emir Kujović (Norrköping)