Ljungberg named by Sweden

Sweden captain Freddie Ljungberg has been selected in his country's 23-man squad for the European Championship this summer.

The midfielder missed the last two games of West Ham United's season, having impressed in his first campaign with 27 appearances, after suffering a cracked rib against Newcastle United on 26 April. The injury raised fears he could miss the start of the tournament, which gets under way against holders Greece on 10 June, but his inclusion will allay such worries. It remains to be seen though whether he will be able to take part in a Gothenburg friendly against Slovenia on 26 May.

Ljungberg played nine times and scored once in qualifying for the finals in Switzerland and Austria and is vastly experienced at international level. This will be his fifth major finals after he played at Euro 2000, the 2002 World Cup, Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup. He has been capped 71 times and scored 14 goals since his debut for the Scandinavian nation back on 24 January 1998 against the United States. Other big names included are Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.