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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Scouting Report

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

POPULATION: 9,000,000.

TROPHY CABINET: Olympic champions 1948, World Cup runners up 1958.

FIFA RANKING: 30.

FORM: Storming back from 4-0 down to draw against Germany in October 2012 looked like being a catalyst, but they have won just one of their three competitive fixtures – against the Faroe Islands – since.

THE GAFFER: Erik Hamren has been in charge since 2009 as he was charged with rediscovering the team's form after they failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

He shared his role with his full-time job at Rosenborg for the first six months before the Norwegians released him to take charge fully after he guided them to their second successive title.

Hamren guided Sweden to Euro 2012 where they failed to emerge from a group that saw England and Ukraine progress.

STAR ATTRACTION: One man. It isn't just Zlatan Ibrahimovic's giant frame that has him standing above all others, the Paris Saint-Germain striker is the man who makes Sweden tick and Ireland's plan will be based around stopping him.

SQUAD NEWS: Almost full strength. They have Martin Olsson and Johan Elmander back having missed the Ireland game in March, while Kim Kallstrom is back in the squad. Rasmus Elm misses out.

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