SEB Larsson says he will be a frustrated man sitting in the stands at the Stadium of Light this weekend after shining for Sweden.
The 26-year-old was one of the few players in the Scandinavian side to impress last night as the Swedes went down to a 1-0 friendly defeat against England at Wembley.
The Sunderland star tested England’s rearguard on a couple of occasions and was strong in defence when he dropped back to cover for injury in the second half – denying ex-Black Cats striker Darren Bent a near-certain goal and cutting out a dangerous ball to Daniel Sturridge.
And he told the Echo last night that he is disappointed not to be now playing against Fulham this Saturday, with suspension ruling out the summer signing from Birmingham City.
“I feel as though I’ve been in good form this season so to miss the game against Fulham is not ideal,” he said.
“I would have loved to have played because the game’s at home and I’m going into every game feeling confident at the moment.
“I’ve scored goals and contributed to good results and, after playing against England, it would have been great to go into a Premier League game this weekend.
“I felt that the England game was almost like a Premier League game, given the players we were up against, so it would have been nice to have followed the game at Wembley with this weekend’s game.”
This will be the first league game that Larsson has missed this season and Black Cats boss Steve Bruce will miss a player who has utterly transformed Sunderland’s attacking threat from deadball situations.
Larsson, though, is relaxed about this weekend’s match.
“There’s no such thing as a one-man team and we have many good players in our side,” he said.
“Things will have to be different this weekend because some players are not available to the manager, but we have the squad to overcome that.
“We are the home side and I’m quietly confident that the lads will go out this weekend and get a good result for Sunderland.”