Hamren - Swedes won't lay down
Coach keen to end tournament with win against France
Last Updated: June 18, 2012 4:39pm
Erik Hamren: Wants Sweden to go out of Euro 2012 on a high against France
Sweden coach Erik Hamren insists his side are determined to go out of Euro 2012 on a high and will not roll over against France despite the fact they can no longer progress to the quarter-finals.
The Swedes have let leads slip to lose 2-1 and 3-2 to co-hosts Ukraine and England respectively, ending their hopes of reaching the final eight.
They face France in their final Group D game on Tuesday night, with Les Bleus still in with a chance of advancing.
Hamren, who took over in 2009, is desperate to continue developing Sweden and hopes they can bow out with a win.
"Tuesday's match is important for Sweden and for other sides," said the coach.
"I want to see the same professionalism that the players have already shown here. We want to win the match.
"I believe that we can keep on working along the same lines and get closer to being the team that I want it to be.
"We have done many good things but the great teams know how to attract luck. We are not there yet."
Swedish captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was on target in the Ukraine match but was also responsible for letting Andrei Shevchenko score the winning goal, says every player in the squad is desperate to feature against the French.
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"You won't have a problem finding people who want to play," said Ibrahimovic, who has said he will continue to represent his country after the tournament.
"We are all professionals and everyone is hungry to get some game time.
"We came here to qualify from the group and there is still one game to do something.
"There are a lot of players who are playing for their futures, either at club or international level."