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Sweden call up three uncapped players

© Reuters 2002

By Oliver Grassman

STOCKHOLM, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Sweden named three uncapped players on Tuesday in a squad to face Greece in a World Cup warm-up match next week.

The trio called up for the encounter in Thessaloniki on February 13 are second-choice goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson and midfielders Johan Elmander of Feyenoord and Pontus Farnerud of AS Monaco.

Captain Patrik Andersson is also included, although he has not played a match since he suffered concussion in Barcelona's game against Celta Vigo on December 9 and has also been getting over a knee ligament injury.

"I spoke to him yesterday and he feels entirely fit," coach Lars Lagerback said. "He is with us despite his lack of match practice as Patrik is Patrik."

Aston Villa defender Olof Mellberg, who injured his groin in Saturday's English premier league game against Fulham, is doubtful, though he was named in the squad.

"He is still a question mark," Lagerback said. "He thinks he will be back at 100 percent and we'll hear from him by the end of this week."

Celtic striker Henrik Larsson, whose wife is soon to give birth to their baby, is also included.

But Arsenal midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg, who sustained ankle, knee and rib injuries against Leeds United two weeks ago, is out.

"At best Fredrik can train by the beginning of next week," Lagerback said. "But he still can't run fully."

Sweden face England, Argentina and Nigeria in Group F of the World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan.

Sweden squad:
Goalkeepers: Magnus Hedman (Coventry), Andreas Isaksson (Djurgarden)
Defenders: Christoffer Andersson (Helsingborg), Patrik Andersson (Barcelona), Erik Edman (Heerenveen), Olof Mellberg (Aston Villa), Johan Mjallby (Celtic), Michael Svensson (Troyes)
Midfielders: Niclas Alexandersson (Everton), Daniel Andersson (Venezia), Johan Elmander (Feyenoord), Pontus Farnerud (Monaco), Tobias Linderoth (Everton), Magnus Svensson (Brondby), Anders Svensson (Southampton)
Forwards: Mattias Jonson (Brondby), Henrik Larsson (Celtic), Stefan Selakovic (Heerenveen), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Ajax Amsterdam), Marcus Allback (Heerenveen).

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