Jakob Johansson, the scorer of the goal that qualified Sweden for the World Cup, will not be part of the country's 23-man squad heading to Russia.
AEK Athens midfielder Johansson was left out of the squad announced by Sweden coach Janne Andersson on Tuesday after he failed to recover from a serious knee injury sustained in the second leg of the European playoffs against Italy in November.
Sweden beat Italy 1-0 on aggregate, with Johansson netting the goal in the first leg in Stockholm.
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Who they are
Captain: Andreas Granqvist Manager: Janne Andersson Nickname: The Blue-Yellow FIFA Rank (as of April 12, 2018): 23
How they qualified
Drawn into a tough UEFA Group A with France, Netherlands and Bulgaria, Sweden weren't given a lot of respect by the onlookers...
LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be coming out of international retirement to represent Sweden at this summer's World Cup.
Ibrahimovic, who retired from international competition after Euro 2016, represented Sweden in the World Cup in 2002 and in 2006.
The 36-year-old striker, who moved to LA Galaxy from Manchester United last month, has frequently hinted at a desire to end that retirement after Sweden defeated Italy in a playoff to qualify for the World Cup for the first time...