World Cup 2014 Ladder: John Guidetti
- 15 June 2013 09:14
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
We examine the prospects of Sweden's John Guidetti ahead of Brazil 2014.
International career to date…
John boasts a prolific strike rate at youth level with Sweden, scoring 14 goals in 14 games for his nation's under-19 selection. His incredible form on loan at Feyenoord in the 2011/12 season where he scored 20 goals in 23 games opened the door to the senior squad for the first time.
Seen as a potential natural heir to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the eyes of many in his homeland, Guidetti made his debut for Sweden as a half-time substitute in the February 2012 friendly against Croatia.
Will his nation be there?
Germany are currently running away with Group C of UEFA World Cup qualifying, meaning Sweden are in a three-way battle with Republic of Ireland and Austria for the play-off spot.
All three teams are locked together on 11 points with four games to go but Sweden have home advantage for their crucial meetings with Ireland, Austria and Germany, meaning they have a good chance of banishing memories of their disastrous World Cup 2010 qualifying campaign.
Who’s the competition?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a shoe-in for the squad if they qualify, while Tobias Hysen and Johan Elmander would also fancy their chances of making the plane to Brazil.
An injury-free 2013/14 season could see John providing competition for Ferto Fejzullahu and Alexander Gerndt for one of the strikers' berths.
Obviously Guidetti's international debut stands out as a career highlight but a four-goal haul against Netherlands u19s is another fond memory from the 21-year old's appearances in yellow.