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Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has been named in the Sweden squad for the World Cup in Russia.

Pontus Jansson has been named in the Sweden squad for the 2018 World Cup; a move that some Leeds United fans believe could hasten his departure from Elland Road.

Jansson, who started 41 of the club’s 46 Championship matches last season, joins Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof, Swansea City pair Martin Olsson and Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Hull City’s Sebastian Larsson and Celtic’s Mikael Lustig as the the six British-based players named in Janne Andersson’s squad.

Jansson, who has featured regularly for his national team over the last two years, was omitted from the Leeds squad that travelled to Myanmar for their controversial post-season tour with the club anticipating his international call-up.

The announcement has prompted a mixed response from some sections of the Leeds support.

While there is the feeling a good showing in Russia next month will inevitably push him closer to the exit door, there is the hope that it will also increase his value and help bankroll the club’s transfer plans this summer.

Jansson won’t be here next season, Leeds will need to pray he has a great World Cup to maximise how much we get for him

— @dri@no (@Picanuzo) May 6, 2018

Well his performances since Christmas don’t warrant playing in a World Cup .on the other hand being around better players and playing for a country that will not accept such performances may mean you see a different player

— nigel sullivan (@SullivanNigel) May 15, 2018

Hope he plays and we can sell him on

— peter-maurice (@petermauriceuk) May 15, 2018

Poor season by his standards, but is still one of our best players….wish all fans get behind him!! Personally, happy to support Sweden as my second team

— AW (@AWwhite1) May 15, 2018

Hope Leeds can keep Pontus Jansson in this transfer window.. #lufc #mot

— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) May 16, 2018 SEE ALSO: Leeds striker deal closer as replacement identified


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