Sweden's Larsson has no intentions of retirement soon

The 31-year-old wants to continue playing for another few years

Reuters March 24, 2017
Sweden's Sebastian Larsson (L) and Italy's Emanuele Giaccherini (R). PHOTO: REUTERS

STOCKHOLM: Sweden stalwart Sebastian Larsson may have missed the autumn internationals due to a knee operation but there is no end in sight for the 31-year-old who is back in the squad aiming to increase his haul of 87 caps.

With his contract at English Premier League club Sunderland set to run out in June, and a top flight club having relocated to his Swedish home town of Eskilstuna, talk has been rife that Larsson was set to either move home or quit the game entirely.

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However, the midfielder has no plans to end his career and is set to continue playing for the foreseeable future. "Honestly, I don't see the end of my career any time soon and I hope to play on for another few years," he told Reuters following a training session in the Swedish capital ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Belarus on Saturday. "I feel motivated and hungry, but where that will be we'll have to wait and see. I'm not too stressed about it.

"You've got to keep your options open. I've loved England throughout my career. The Premier League has been great for me. Obviously, I wouldn't be against playing in England, but you have to keep your options open. I'll have a look in the summer, see what's available and make a decision from there."

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Larsson was his usual industrious self at Euro 2016, appearing in all three group games, but could not prevent Sweden finishing bottom of the section with one point.

But unlike other senior squad members, such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kim Kallstrom and Andreas Isaksson, he chose not to hang up his international boots after Sweden's early exit.

With coach Erik Hamren having been replaced by Jan Andersson, Larsson is adapting to a new way of working, but he won't be quitting the national team any time soon.

"I haven't been here long enough to notice any changes yet, as the days go by I'm sure there will be," he said. "Each manager has his own way of doing things, so I'll just have to try to pick it us as I go along."


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