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7 June 2016

Club teammates become rivals at Euro 2016

MARTIN Olsson is eager to get one over on a couple of his Norwich City teammates when Sweden kick-off their Euro 2016 campaign versus the Republic of Ireland next week.

Olsson is set to go up against some familiar faces in Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan for Sweden's tournament opener in Paris.

He says the pair have been talking Martin O'Neill's team up in recent weeks, but the left-back - who returned from injury in Sunday's 3-0 win over Wales - seems more inclined to hold back on the light-hearted verbal sparring until after the match on Monday.

"I know Robbie and Wes obviously. They will probably play and they like to talk you know! I would like to shut them up," Olsson laughed with reporters.

"We will see what happens. I won’t say too much. They have been giving me some stick before the game saying that it is going to be easy.

"They (Ireland) will be typically English in style, so it will be a tough game."

Sweden will go into the contest keen to make a fast start with tough-looking group games against Italy and Belgium to follow, but they will be boosted by the comfortable nature of their victory over the Welsh in Stockholm.

Olsson added: "If you look on paper this is the game that we have the most chance to win.

"In football you never know, though, as there is pressure on the big teams. That's the game that we should focus on first and we have a big chance to beat them. I am used to their style and so are some of the others.

"The first game of the tournament is a different game. Hopefully we will show up and put in a good performance."

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