Rangers star Filip Helander was snubbed again by Sweden boss Janne Andersson but his country still pulled off a major achievement via a thrilling 3-2 win over Poland.
Helander played in a pair of World Cup qualifying wins back in March, appearing to strengthen his case to start at the European Championships.
However, he struggled with injury at the back end of the 2020/21 season and hasn’t been able to break back into the side.
After missing out on Sweden’s two warm-up matches, he returned to the squad for the start of the Euros but didn’t feature at all in Group E, watching all three matches from the bench.
It’s hard to question Andersson’s selections, though, as the Scandinavian nation topped the group.
They put themselves in a strong position before the final round of matches with a 0-0 draw with Spain and a 1-0 triumph over Slovakia, before finishing the job with a 3-2 victory over Poland on Wednesday night in St Petersburg.
The Swedes were 2-0 up and cruising by the hour mark but a Robert Lewandowski brace levelled the scores, leading to a tense final period.
Viktor Claesson came up with a dramatic winner in the third minute of injury time, though, so Helander and co progress to the Last 16 as group winners.
They will now be rewarded with a tie against a team that qualifies from third in their group and the Gers star will be back in familiar territory, with the game set to take place in Glasgow at Hampden Park.
One of Helander’s Rangers teammates has impressed a lot at the Euros and Martin Keown raved about him on commentary earlier this week.