Alex Nilsson was surprised that his nation Sweden managed to overcome all hurdles and punch their tickets to Russia 2018.

"Qualifying from a preliminary group which had France and the Netherlands, and afterwards dumping out Italy, it was quite surprising," the former Birkirkara striker said.

Sweden will miss superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the coach decided not to call him up since the LA Galaxy player had retired from international football following the disastrous Euro 2016 campaign. 

Nonetheless, Nilsson tips Emil Forsberg as the player who can guide Sweden to another level during this tournament and in future competitions. 

Sweden's Marcus Berg chases Peru's Christian Ramos.Sweden's Marcus Berg chases Peru's Christian Ramos.

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