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SWEDISH striker Stefan Selakovic is homing in on a place in his country's 2002 World Cup squad.

Selakovic appeared as a substitute in his nation's 2-2 friendly draw with Greece on Wednesday night, and scored the second goal.

The Heerenveen man can also play in midfield, and his versatility could tip the balance in his favour for the trip to Japan and South Korea.

He believes it is his switch to The KPN Eredivisie that has been the driving force behind his recent progress.

"The move has given me a tremendous boost," he said. "Now, I practice and play in a high pace every week, then you progress.

"I am 25 and I needed a new challenge. Heerenveen is perfect for me as a new professional. It reminds me a bit of Halmstad actually.

"I consider myself a true striker but I am happy to play anywhere."

In the friendly in Greece, Sweden grabbed the lead through Magnus Svensson and the player admitted the chance arrived to him on a plate.

"It was just to tap it into the empty net," said Svensson. "I just couldn't miss from there."

Monaco midfielder Pontus Farnerud made his debut in the friendly but his bow was prematurely cut short when he was forced to limp off.

"I couldn't use the foot all night. It's fun to have got my debut done," Farnerud told Sportbladet.

"When I got pains in the foot, it affected my play and I couldn't be as aggressive."