The Sweden national under-21 football team is the football team representing Sweden in competitions for under-21 year old players and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association. Sweden's home ground is Swedbank Stadion in Malmö and the team is led by Håkan Ericson and his assistant Andreas Pettersson. The Swedish U21 team came into existence, following the realignment of UEFA European Under-23 Championship, which changed to be a Under-21 competition in 1978.

Sweden made their first European Under-21 Championship appearance in 1986. In 2015, Sweden became champions for the first time.[2] They finished second in 1992 and they also reached the semi-finals in 1990 and 2009.[3] Oscar Hiljemark is the most capped player for the Swedish U21 team, having played 37 caps between 2011 and 2015. Ola Toivonen is the best goalscorer for Sweden U21, having scored 13 goals between 2006 and 2009.

Competitive record

UEFA European U-21 Championship

UEFA European Under-21 Championship recordUEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD *LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
1978Did not qualify411268
1988Did not qualify614166
1994Did not qualify10442218
2000Did not qualify8206715
2004Fourth place4th5311117105322014
2006Did not qualify106041612
2009Semi-final3rd4211127Qualified as hosts
2011Did not qualify106221710
2017Group stage9th30212510730247
2019Qualification in progress4220104
Total1 title8/2132139104837158853439294163
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship


Qualifying group stage
1 10730247+1724Final tournament
2 Spain10721319+2223Play-offs
3 Croatia106222411+1320
4 Georgia104151717013
5 Estonia10118326−234
6 San Marino10019130−291
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Final tournament

Group stage
1 England321051+47
2 Slovakia320163+36Possible qualification based on
3 302125−32
4 Poland (H)301237−41
First match(es) will be played on 16 June 2017. Source:
Rules for classification:
(H) Host.

  Win   Draw   Loss


Current squad

The following 18 players were called up for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match against Hungary on 10 November 2017.[6]

Caps and goals updated as of 10 November 2017.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11GKPontus Dahlberg(1999-01-21) 21 January 1999 50 IFK Göteborg
121GKOscar Linnér(1997-02-23) 23 February 1997 00 AIK

22DFLinus Wahlqvist (captain)(1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 231 IFK Norrköping
32DFFilip Dagerstål(1997-02-01) 1 February 1997 132 IFK Norrköping
42DFFranz Brorsson(1996-01-30) 30 January 1996 90 Malmö FF
52DFJoel Andersson(1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 40 BK Häcken
132DFAndreas Bengtsson(1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 00 Halmstads BK
142DFEric Smith(1997-01-08) 8 January 1997 00 IFK Norrköping

63MFErdal Rakip(1996-02-13) 13 February 1996 91 Malmö FF
73MFIsak Ssewankambo(1996-02-27) 27 February 1996 151 Molde FK
83MFAnton Salétros(1996-04-12) 12 April 1996 50 Újpest
93MFElias Andersson(1996-01-31) 31 January 1996 00 IK Sirius
153MFHerman Hallberg(1997-05-22) 22 May 1997 10 Kalmar FF
163MFJoel Asoro(1999-04-27) 27 April 1999 91 Sunderland
173MFSvante Ingelsson(1998-06-14) 14 June 1998 10 Udinese

104FWGustaf Nilsson(1997-05-23) 23 May 1997 30 Silkeborg IF
114FWGustav Engvall(1996-04-29) 29 April 1996 194 Djurgårdens IF
184FWJordan Larsson(1997-06-20) 20 June 1997 82 NEC

Recent call-ups

The following nine players have also been called up to the Sweden U21 squad and remain eligible.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKTim Erlandsson(1996-12-25) 25 December 1996 70 AFC Eskilstuna2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

DFMarcus Degerlund(1998-03-16) 16 March 1998 00 Hammarby IFv.  Malta, 10 October 2017 WD
DFNoah Sonko Sundberg(1996-06-06) 6 June 1996 40 GIF Sundsvallv.  Georgia, 3 June 2016

MFMattias Svanberg(1999-01-05) 5 January 1999 30 Malmö FFv.  Hungary, 10 November 2017 WD
MFSimon Olsson(1997-09-14) 14 September 1997 00 IF Elfsborgv.  Malta, 10 October 2017 WD
MFDaleho Irandust(1998-06-04) 4 June 1998 00 BK Häckenv.  Cyprus, 5 September 2017
MFTesfaldet Tekie(1997-07-04) 4 July 1997 00 Gentv.  Georgia, 3 June 2016

FWAlexander Isak(1999-09-21) 21 September 1999 30 Borussia Dortmundv.  Hungary, 10 November 2017 WD
FWCarlos Strandberg(1996-04-14) 14 April 1996 1711 Malmö FFv.  Malta, 10 October 2017

Previous squads

Players with most caps and goals

Updated as of 30 June 2015.

Top 10 most capped players

Players in bold text are still available to play for the Swedish U21 team.

1Oscar Hiljemark2011–2015374
2Alexander Farnerud2002–20063612
3Jonny Rödlund1990–1993319
Mikael Dorsin2000–2004311
Mattias Bjärsmyr2005–2009310
6Johan Elmander2000–20043012
Tommy Jönsson1995–1998302
Sven Andersson1981–1986300
9Simon Tibbling2012–2017292
10Ola Toivonen2006–20092813
Jiloan Hamad2009–2012283
Magnus Hedman1992–1995280
Magnus Johansson1990–1993280

Top 10 goalscorers

Players in bold text are still available to play for the Swedish U21 team.

1Ola Toivonen2006–20091328
2John Guidetti2010–20151223
Johan Elmander2000–20041230
Alexander Farnerud2002–20061236
5Niklas Skoog1994–19951014
Mikael Ishak2012–20151024
7Lars Larsson1982–1983910
Jonny Rödlund1990–1993931
9Marcus Berg2006–2009819
Hans Eklund1987–1990820
Joakim Persson1994–1998827

See also