Dennerby answers critizism for national team selection

Thomas Dennerby's first national team selection has recieved a lot of critizism for being conservative - the average player is 27 years old and has more than 70 caps. But Dennerby defends picking players like Kicki Bengtsson (35) and Malin Andersson (32) instead of promising youngsters like Umeå's Anna Paulsson or Malmö's Nilla Fischer: "I think they benefit more from 90 minutes on the field with the U21 team than from 90 minutes on the bench with the first team". He seems pretty convinced that Bengtsson and Andersson are the best players at their respective positions, left and right back. He gives the same kind of answer to those who wanted to see Mallbacken goalie Carola Söborg: "She's one of the top five keepers in Damallsvenskan, but the two I've picked are better"

In the tabloid Expressen he's also been quoted saying that Umeå's extensive signing of foreign players "is bordering to what is good for the game". In an Umeå paper he explained that "If I'm asked what I think about national team players being benched in their clubs, I honestly can't say I think it's good".

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Posted by: orange

GO, Thomas!!!!

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