Larsson set to equal Sunderland cap record

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SEB Larsson is poised to equal a Sunderland club record if he plays in two international matches for Sweden this week.

The midfielder has earned 36 international caps during his time at Sunderland.

And should the former Birmingham City man play against Russia tonight and Liechtenstein on Sunday, with both Euro 2016 qualifiers being staged in Stockholm, that will take him to 38 – equalling the club record held by “King” Charlie Hurley.

Hurley won 40 caps for the Republic of Ireland in total, with only the first and last of them not coming while he was wearing Sunderland colours at club level.

The Roker Park legend took much longer to amass his haul at a time when fewer international games were played.

The caps he picked up while a Sunderland player were earned between 1957 and 1969, while Larsson’s 36 have been accumulated in just three years, since leaving Birmingham on a free transfer in 2011.

Larsson already holds the Sunderland record for most caps picked up in a single season – 13 in the 2011-12 campaign.

If he plays tonight, that will take his tally to 37, the same as Kevin Kilbane, before drawing level with legend Hurley if he features on Sunday.

Should he then play in Sweden’s next international, against Montenegro in mid-November, he will be out in front as the Sunderland player to earn most international caps while with the Wearsiders.