Manchester United star Victor Lindelof shared the Sweden armband with Albin Ekdal vs Estonia
According to the official Manchester United news, the in-form Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof shared the captaincy role with Albin Ekdal who was playing his last international game for Sweden.
Lindelof and Ekdal have played together for the majority of Ekdal’s Swedish career, and they shared the pitch once more as the Spezia midfielder capably finished with a 2-0 victory against Estonia. Since August 2021, the Red Devils’ player has also had the honour of leading the Scandinavians as captain, after Andreas Granqvist retired.
But this night would be different, since “the Iceman” chose to abdicate his duty of leading out his side for the evening in favour of his colleague. At the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Ekdal was given a standing ovation as he exited the field of play after seventy-two minutes.
Even if Sweden’s campaign hasn’t gone well, the night itself was successful for them. The Swedes finished strongly in their last group match with a 2-0 victory over Estonia courtesy of goals by Emil Forsberg and Viktor Claesson.
Unfortunately, however, Lindelof and his colleagues will not take part in this year’s summer Euros as they only emerged third in their group with 10 points from eight games. In addition, head coach Janne Andersson has decided to retire, marking the end of an era. This is the first time since 1996 that the Scandinavian nation has failed to advance to the European Championship finals.
Lindelof and United have a difficult away game against Sean Dyche’s Everton waiting for them after serving for the national team. Manchester United may want to hang onto Lindelof because of his versatility and almost flawless work ethic.
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After the international break, Lindelof will aim to continue his previous level of play and move his team closer to the top of the league standings.