Guidetti set for Sweden start
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Sweden coach Erik Hamren has hinted that teenage hot-shot John Guidetti could be handed a start in Wednesday's friendly with Croatia as he bids to earn a place in the Swedish squad for UEFA EURO 2012.

The 19-year-old Manchester City striker has been in scintillating form during his loan spell at Dutch side Feyenoord, racking up 18 goals in 17 matches, and Hamren says his recent performances have made him impossible to ignore.

"I think he clearly deserves it given the results he's had with his club," said the Sweden coach. "I see John as the top forward, either alone in a 4-2-3-1 or as one of two."

It's going to be gold to play with Zlatan.
John Guidetti, Sweden striker

Hamren could field Guidetti alongside Sweden's talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Wednesday's game in Zagreb, although there is a possibility that the AC Milan striker could make way for Guidetti by dropping to the bench.

"It's going to be gold to play with Zlatan," Guidetti told the Expressen daily, adding that he expected a "tough match" against Slaven Bilic's Croatia.

Sweden have been paired alongside England, France and co-hosts Ukraine in Group D at EURO 2012, which runs from 8 June to 1 July in Poland and Ukraine.