Sweden announce WC squad without Ibra surprise

RB Leipzig midfielder Emil Fosberg to play key role for Sweden in World Cup

Federation Internationale de Football Association set yesterday as the deadline for nations to submit preliminary squads for the World Cup but Sweden have announced their final squad ahead of schedule.

The squad is largely made up of players who contributed to their dramatic qualification via the play-offs last November, when they beat Italy over two legs to secure a place in Group F.

Goalkeepers: Robin Olsen (Copenhagen), Karl-Johan Johnsson (Guingamp), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Swansea).

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof and Leeds United centre-back Pontus Jansson make the cut. Berg now plays his football at Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates.

As expected, at the upcoming world Cup, the Swedes will play without their main star - the former striker of Juventus, Barcelona and other top European clubs Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced in advance that they will not resume an worldwide career.

However, the 36 said on his social media handle that he will come out of retirement to gatecrash his country's World Cup squad.

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