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Alex Kacaniklic has been handed his first call-up to the Swedish national squad for next week’s friendly against Brazil as a late replacement for the injured Emir Bajrami.

The Fulham winger has been offered an opportunity to impress Erik Hamren after Bajrami injured his back whilst training with Monaco, who he recently joined on loan from FC Twente. Kacaniklic has been capped at under-19 level and been included in under-21 squads but his promotion to the senior side is deserved recognition after his impressive introduction to the Fulham first team during the second half of last season. The twenty year-old, who enjoyed a successful loan spell with Watford, made four appearances under Martin Jol last season, one of which saw him saw a deflected winner at his old club Liverpool.

Wednesday night’s friendly against Brazil is Sweden’s first fixture since their group stage exit from the summer’s European Championship and their last game at the famous Råsunda Stadium before a new national stadium is opened for November’s friendly with England.