Anthony Elanga called-up to Sweden senior team for World Cup play-offs
Anthony Elanga’s impressive form for Manchester United has resulted in him being called-up to the Swedish senior national side for the first time.
The 19-year-old has shone at Old Trafford under the stewardship of interim boss Ralf Rangnick and Sweden manager Janne Andersson has selected the teenager for his side’s pivotal World Cup play-off.
United’s number 36 will join teammate and Sweden captain Victor Lindelof in the squad and he could line-up alongside former Manchester United striker and Sweden legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Sweden face Czech Republic in the European World Cup play-off semi-final with a place against Poland in the final at stake.
Elanga’s call-up to the senior Sweden side continues his remarkable emergence ever since Rangnick arrived at Old Trafford.
Prior to the German’s arrival, it looked like the youngster was heading out on loan in the January transfer window but Elanga has grasped his opportunity and not looked back.
Speaking on Elanga’s inclusion, Andersson said via the Athletic: “We have followed Anthony closely and he has made a positive impression both in Under-21 national team and in the club team.
“A fast and good deep lead player and a good finisher.
“We have had some contact recently and it will be fun to get him into our squad.”
Elanga has featured in 12 of the 15 Premier League matches Rangnick has took charge off at Old Trafford and six of them have been starts.
Following his equaliser in the Wanda Metropolitano, the academy graduate started last night’s second leg against Atletico Madrid at the Theatre of Dreams.
Elanga’s emergence has been one of the very few positives at Old Trafford this season and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him shine and help fire Sweden to the World Cup.