Jansson posts Twitter message as he heads back to Leeds
By Alex Stevens
Pontus Jansson took to Twitter to express his pride at Sweden’s “two good wins” during the international break as he headed back to Leeds.
The centre-back was a key figure for his country as they followed up their World Cup qualifier 4-0 win against Belarus last Friday with a landmark 3-2 friendly victory at the home of European champions Portugal on Tuesday night.
Jansson posted an upbeat message in English on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday morning.
“Always proud to play for my country and specially with two good wins. Thanks for those 10 days together,” Jansson wrote of Sweden, accompanied by an emoji of an aeroplane to represent his return to the UK.
Always proud to play for my country and specially with two good wins. Thanks for those 10 days together! ????????✈ pic.twitter.com/UXJ0v4zZS0
— Pontus Jansson (@PJansson5) March 29, 2017
Jansson suffered the public agony of being dropped from Leeds’ team for their 2-0 win against Brighton before the international break.
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But he appears to have bounced back after playing an integral role for Sweden over the last 10 days.
During Jansson’s time on the pitch, Portugal did not concede a goal in 135 minutes and, when he was sidelined, they shipped two goals in 45 minutes.
Leeds supporters demonstrated where Jansson stands in their affections by describing him as “a God” for his messianic qualities.
The defender has been a mainstay of Leeds’ promotion-chasing side, starting 28 of their 38 Championship matches since joining from Torino initially on a season-long loan.
Such has been his impact that he has already agreed to join Leeds on a permanent deal at the end of the season, having already signed a three-year contract.
Jansson will now be hoping for a recall to the Leeds starting XI for their Championship clash against Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday evening.
In other Leeds team news, the Yorkshire giants are in shock talks to sign a Liverpool attacking player.