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Football: Larsson backed by Bruce.

SEBASTIAN Larsson should be picked by Sweden, a mystified Steve Bruce claimed.

Larsson has been capped at under-21 level but has not broken through to the senior squad.

"There must be some good players in Sweden to keep him out of the national side," said Bruce. "He never gets a look-in."

Larsson was one of several outstanding performers in Blues' defeat of Bolton Wanderers.

His carefully-flighted cross set up Olivier Kapo's goal and he was unfortunate not to score himself when a curling freekick thudded against the crossbar. Jussi Jaaskelainen also denied him when he let rip with another fierce attempt and Larsson was an eager beaver in helping Stephen Kelly in defence.

"He's a good little player, he's a breath of fresh air," the manager continued. "We nicked him from Arsenal and he made important contributions to us last season, scoring nine times.

"That's the thing about him - he scores a goal or can create you one. He's got bags of energy and will run until he drops.

He's a fantastic pro and he's another one of those who wants to prove he can play in the Premier League at the highest level."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Sep 17, 2007
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