Tanković’s Reward

Monday 24 February 2014 12:19

Muamer Tanković’s fine form has been rewarded with his first call-up to the Sweden senior national squad.

The 19-year-old has impressed since making his Fulham debut in the 3-0 defeat over Norwich City in mid-January and has gone on to make six appearances for the Whites. Sweden Head Coach Erik Hamrén has been watching the player closely, and the Academy graduate will join teammate Alexander Kačaniklić in the squad for next month’s friendly against Turkey in Ankara.

Elsewhere our new Danish midfielder, William Kvist, has been handed a place in Denmark’s squad as they take on Roy Hodgson’s England at Wembley. Fellow Fulham January transfer window arrival, Kostas Mitroglou, has been named in Greece’s provisional squad alongside Giorgos Karagounis as the 2004 European Championship winners host Korea Republic in Piraeus.

Fulham Captain Brede Hangeland could lead Norway out against Czech Republic in Prague’s Eden Arena, while Louis van Gal has named Maarten Stekelenburg in the Netherlands squad set to face France in Paris. Concluding the Fulham players in European friendly action is Elsad Zverotić, with the 27-year-old part of the Montenegro squad that host Ghana in Podogorica.

Clint Dempsey has been handed a provisional squad place ahead of the USA’s game against Ukraine in Kharkiv, while Ashkan Dejagah is part of the Iran party that will host Kuwait in an AFC Asian Cup Qualifier before taking on Guinea in a friendly. Neil Etheridge has also been named in the Philippines squad that will take on Malaysia and then Azerbaijan in two friendly fixtures.

With many of our senior players on international duty, our youngsters will be in action, too, with Pajtim Kasami included in Switzerland’s Under-21 squad for their forthcoming European Championship Qualifier against Liechtenstein. The Swiss currently sit second in Group 5, six points behind Croatia.

In Group 1, Josh Pritchard and George Williams have been included in Wales' provisional squad ahead of their game with leaders England at Derby County’s Pride Park. Williams will also train with the full squad. With four games to play, Wales reside in third place and six points behind their upcoming opponents.

Jesse Joronen should also see Group 1 action, as fourth-placed Finland take on San Marino in sixth. Lasse Vigen Christensen’s Denmark have their destiny in their own hands as Group 2 leaders and, with five wins and two draws from their seven fixtures, they remain the favourites to progress to the Play-Offs. Denmark face Estonia.

In Group 9, Marcello Trotta has been included in the Italy squad that face Northern Ireland in Glenavon. The Italians go into the game in third place on nine points, with Belgium leading the way at the top on 13.

Chris David has been called up to the Netherlands Under-21 provisional squad for their friendly against Israel. Jack Grimmer is part of the Scotland Under-21 squad that host Hungary in a friendly fixture at Tannadice Park in Dundee.

Following his recent good form, Moussa Dembélé has been included in the France Under-18 squad that take on Germany in Lubeck.