Sweden coach Hamren wary of home help

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The Independent Football

Sweden have two concerns going into their opening game against Ukraine on Monday – striker Johan Elmander's foot and a partisan home crowd.

Elmander is struggling to recover from a fracture in his right foot but coach Erik Hamren sounded more concerned about facing the co-hosts in Kiev. "If you look at the statistics, it's not often that the host nation loses its opener," he said.