Sweden’s 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup squad is starting to take shape and Peter Gerhardsson looks set to retain much of the squad that made it to the Euro 2022 semi-finals. loss to England, Sweden’s form was patchy.
They lost to Denmark in April on a 93rd minute goal before drawing 3–3 against Norway. A goal from Fridolina Rolfö had put Sweden 1–0 up before they conceded twice. It looked like they had made a late turnaround as Nathalie Björn and Olivia Schough made it 3–2, but Frida Maanum equalized for Norway in the 96th minute.
Sweden used to be the eternal bridesmaids of international women’s football. After winning the first European Championships in 1984, they have since placed runners-up in the 2003 World Cup, as well as the 2016 and 2020 Olympics.
With several key players only getting older, Gerhardsson hasn’t yet seemed to perfect what his changing of the guard might look like.
There is no lack of experience on this side of Sweden. Five players called up for the April internationals have more than 100 caps, including Caroline Seger, the most capped player in Europe. The others – Kosovare Asllani, Olivia Schough, Linda Sembrant and Sofia Jakobsson – are all players who may have seen their influence wane in recent years.
All eyes will also be on Magda Eriksson. The long-time Chelsea captain is out of contract at the end of this season and there is much speculation as to whether she will lead the club. Eriksson’s influence and form seemed to have waned this season as Chelsea manager Emma Hayes used her at left-back, but injuries to Chelsea’s defense have seen her regain importance at club level. This could be crucial for Sweden at the World Cup.
A number of Swedish players are suffering from a lack of playing time at their clubs. Johanna Rytting Kaneryd made just five league starts for Chelsea, while 20-year-old Hanna Bennsion was forced into a supporting role at Everton. Midfielder Filippa Angeldahl has at least recently made his way into Manchester City’s starting line-up and goalkeeper Zecira Musovic has shared around 50:50 minutes with Ann-Katrin Berger at Chelsea.
A key figure in Sweden’s selection will be Fridolina Rolfö. The Barcelona player has excelled at full-back in recent seasons, but is still used higher up the pitch for Sweden. Rolfö has scored 16 goals in 21 league appearances for Barcelona, an extraordinary tally for a full-back, and will be hoping to continue her fine form in Australia and New Zealand.
Sweden is in World Cup group G with South Africa, Italy and Argentina. Their first World Cup match is against South Africa on July 23 and below is their most recent squad, pending the announcement of their final World Cup squad on July 9.
Sweden 2023 World Cup Women’s Squad
Sweden 2023 World Cup Women’s Squad: Latest Call-ups
- GK: Zecira Musovic (Chelsea)
- GK: Jennifer Falk (BK Hacking)
- GK: Tove Enblom (KIF Örebro)
- DF: Jonna Andersson (Hammarby)
- DF: Linda Sembrant (Juventus)
- DF: Amanda Nilden (Juventus)
- DF: Hanna Lundkvist (Atletico Madrid)
- DF: Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea)
- DF: Emma Kullberg (Brighton)
- DF: Nathalie Bjorn (Everton)
- DF: Anna Sandberg (BK Hacken)
- MF: Kosovo Asllani (AC Milan)
- MF: Filippa Angeldahl (Manchester City)
- MF: Caroline Seger (Rosengard)
- MF: Johanna Rytting Kaneryd (Chelsea)
- MF: Hanna Bennison (Everton)
- MF: Olivia Schough (Rosengard)
- FW: Madelen Janogy (Hammarby)
- FW: Matilda Vinberg (Hammarby)
- FW: Sofia Jakobsson (San Diego Wave)
- FW: Stina Blackstenius (Arsenal)
- FW: Rebecka Blomqvist (Wolfsburg)
- FW: Fridolina Rolfö (Barcelona)
- FW: Julia Zigiotti Olme (Brighton)
2023 Women’s World Cup squad: Who is Sweden’s manager?
Peter Gerhardsson took over from current Brazilian manager Pia Sundhage after Euro 2017. Gerhardsson was previously a professional footballer in Sweden and won the Swedish Cup in 2015-2016 with men’s club BK Häcken.
Under Gerhardsson, Sweden has reached at least the last four of every international tournament they have competed in, but has yet to win under him.
Sweden 2023 Women’s World Cup squad: when will Sweden’s squad be announced?
Sweden will begin their World Cup campaign on July 23 in New Zealand. The Swedish league season takes a break for the World Cup with the last match day on July 7 and the international window officially starts on July 10. The squad for the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Sweden is likely to be announced sometime in June.
Sweden 2023 Women’s World Cup selection: how many players can Sweden bring to the 2023 World Cup?
The squad for Sweden’s 2023 Women’s World Cup will be limited to just 23 players. Countries had called for expanded squadrons of 26, but Peter Gerhardsson will have to select just 23 to fly to Australia and New Zealand.
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