'Massive opportunity', 'Yes' – Leeds fans react as 27-year-old set for World Cup debut
Pontus Jansson has been named in the starting line-up for Sweden’s opening World Cup game against South Korea on Monday, and Leeds fans are delighted for their enforcer.
The 1pm kick-off is the first of three World Cup games today, with England set to open their campaign against Tunisia this evening, but Leeds fans have now got an extra interest in the lunchtime game.
Despite having a pretty torrid season at Elland Road, Jansson, 27, has been given the nod and will win his 16th cap, despite not starting the last two friendlies.
He didn’t play in the last seven World Cup qualifiers either but will be delighted to see his name on the team sheet today, with Man United’s Victor Lindelof sick.
However, it might be a case of be careful what you wish for, for Leeds fans.
They’re obviously happy to see one of their players get international recognition, but they will also want to hold onto him for next season and the World Cup games are a big shop window.
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Here are the best reactions from Leeds fans to the team news:
Pontus Jansson starts for Sweden. Will watch with more intrigue now! #lufc
— I'd Radebe Leeds (@Radebe_Leeds) June 18, 2018
— Steve Greenwood (@SM_Greenwood) June 18, 2018
— dominic bradley (@dom_bradderz) June 18, 2018
— Adrian Brooksbank (@Chadlad1) June 18, 2018
— Jackos (@_jackos) June 18, 2018
— Tom Patterson (@Tomasu90) June 18, 2018
— John (@johnfinlay) June 18, 2018
Pontus starting for Sweden ???? #lufc
— Adrian Sheehan (@asheehan180) June 18, 2018
Good luck Pontus #MOT ????????????
— Lee Maspero (@Leemo_LUFC) June 18, 2018
He best not get injured
— zidane disley (@disley_zidane) June 18, 2018
Starts ahead of 35mln quid Lindelof.
— Paul LUFC (@pistol1603) June 18, 2018
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