Larsson breaks Sunderland club record

Seb Larsson celebrates his opener against Everton with Liam Bridcutt
Seb Larsson celebrates his opener against Everton with Liam Bridcutt

SEB LARSSON has broken a 45-year Sunderland club record after appearing for Sweden last night.

Larsson has overtaken Sunderland legend Charlie Hurley by winning the most international caps while plying his trade for the Black Cats after featuring in Sweden’s 1-0 defeat in France.

The 29-year-old equalled Hurley’s record of 38 appearances for his country while in red and white last week after an outing as a substitute in Sweden’s 1-1 draw against Montenegro.

But after winning his 70th cap for Sweden last night, Larsson overtook Hurley’s record which had stood since 1969.

Despite reaching that milestone, the last month has been a frustrating period on the international stage for Larsson.

The midfielder had been an ever-present under Sweden boss Erik Hamren, but he was dropped to the bench for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Liechtenstein last month and was again among the substitutes against Montenegro.

Larsson has not attempted to hide his disappointment at those snubs, yet is looking to concentrate on his form for Sunderland before the international programme resumes in March.

“It was clear that I was frustrated last month and did not play the important game this time either, so that frustration has not disappeared,” he told the Swedish press.

“But now there are no national team games for a while, so I can put that aside and focus on my club.”

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