Jordan Larsson has earned his first ever call up to the full Swedish international squad- replacing John Guidetti.
The life long Celtic fan has had a tough time living up to the comparisons of his Dad but has found form with Spartak Moscow after a disappointing spell in Holland which his old man might sympathise with.
Jordan’s move to NEC Nimegen was followed by a return to Sweden at Norrkoping where his goal touch returned, earning him a move last year to the Russian capital.
Four goals in nine matches have earned a call up to the full international squad and the chance to wear the yellow shirt that his Dad wore with distinction in the upcoming matches against Croatia and Portugal.
Interviewing international boss Janne Andersson, leading Swedish website Expressen reports:
On the attacking side, John Guidetti is again out of the squad, but Jordan Larsson, who is successful in Spartak Moscow, has been selected after only being on the January tour before.
“John was called in afterwards, and based on what you do in training, you can play. Last fall, I thought there were several players before, and it’s the same now. Now I take out, among others, Jordan Larsson who I think goes before,” the national manager explains.
He continues to motivate the choice to take out Jordan Larsson.
“He went to NEC Nijmegen, had a pretty hard year and came home, the first year in Norrköping did not go as planned. The second year was fantastic and I think it has just continued from there.
“He is tactically loyal, a smart player. He has done very well on the January tours he has been on and today he is in one of Russia’s biggest clubs and it will be great fun to see Jordan with us.
Almost 20 years ago Jordan was a regular at Celtic matches, sitting with his Mum in Celtic kit watching his Dad on his way to scoring 242 goals in seven magnificent seasons before leaving for Barcelona.