Larsson unhappy after being denied Sunderland club record

PLEDGE ... Seb Larsson.
PLEDGE ... Seb Larsson.
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SEB LARSSON admits he has been left disgruntled after being denied a Sunderland club record by being dropped from the Sweden side.

Sunderland midfielder Larsson was an unused substitute for Sweden’s 2-0 victory over Liechtenstein on Sunday – 72 hours after missing a penalty in a 1-1 draw against Russia.

If Larsson had featured against Liechenstein, he would have equalled Charlie Hurley’s record of 38 international caps earned while plying his trade for the Black Cats.

But the 29-year-old, who remains alongside Kevin Kilbane with 37 caps as a Sunderland player, was dropped from the Sweden starting XI for the first time in three years.

Larsson, who has 68 caps in total for his country, has played more than any other player under Sweden boss Erik Hamrens, but Olympiakos’ Jimmy Durma was preferred at the weekend.

“No, I did not like it,” Larsson told the Swedish media. “I was very disappointed and I think that’s pretty easy to understand.

“There will always be new players who will do well, so it is important to always keep an eye on what is coming up behind you and be sure to perform all the time.

“That’s competition, but it’s tough when you do not get to play.

“It comes down to competition and for me it is important to continue.

“When the next selection comes, I have to come back and try to keep my place.”

Victory against Liechenstein left Sweden in third place in Euro 2016 qualifying Group G, with five points from three games.

Sweden travel to Montenegro next month, in the final set of internationals before March.