Rangers defender Helander called up to Sweden squad
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Rangers defender Helander called up to Sweden squad

Rangers defender Filip Helander has received a call-up to the Swedish national team, for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Helander joined the Gers for a hefty reported fee of £3.5 million last month [Scottish Sun].

He came with a big reputation for both his exploits at club level with Bologna and with the national team.

However, so far, things have proved a little more tricky than many expected for the 6ft 4″ colossus. At present, he’s being kept out of the team by Nikola Katic, whose early season form has seen him partner Connor Goldson in most games.

Helander in League Cup action against East Fife. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Despite being the most expensive acquisition of the summer, then, Helander has spent a lot of time on the sidelines. Having said that, rotation did allow him to make his league debut away at St Mirren at the weekend.

He’s highly rated by international boss Janne Andersson, though, and having been included in this latest squad, he could soon add to his 10 caps.

The Swedes take on the Faroe Islands on Thursday 5th September, before a crunch clash against Norway just three days later.

(Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

The last time those two sides met, the Gers defender played the full 90 minutes in a thrilling 3-3 draw. Ola Kamara’s 96th-minute equaliser rescued a point for the hosts, so Helander and co. will be keen to be a little more solid this time around.

Sweden currently lie third in qualifying group F, level on points with second-placed Romania and five behind leaders Spain.

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