BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
Celtic star Mikael Lustig has launched an astonishing attack on Sweden’s critics after they secured qualification for Euro 2016.
Sweden finished third in Group G behind Austria and Russia – and manager Erik Hamren noted pointedly “we have been called our worst national team of all time”.
However, they booked their place at next summer’s European Championships with a memorable 4-3 aggregate win over fierce Scandinavian rivals Denmark, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in irrepressible form with three goals over the two legs.
And Lustig pulled no punches as he lapped up Sweden’s “revenge” on their doubters.
The 28-year-old said: “We have received so much undeserved criticism, some have said this is the worst team ever – it’s nice to show the people who talked crap that we have a good team.
“There are so many emotions and not many people have believed in us, so it is revenge for for us.
“There are some players in this team who are getting older and [if defeated] this could have been the last international match for some – I’m so glad we can continue this journey.”