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Millwall loanee hoping Lions form earns Sweden recall

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MATHIAS Ranegie is hoping that his loan move to Millwall will help him to win a place back in the Swedish national team.

The former Udinese forward is currently on-loan from Watford and came on as a second-half substiture to make his debut in the home win over Blackpool.

And the 30-year-old believes that Swedish coach Erik Hamrén will have no choice but to bring him back into the international fold if he does well at The Den.

"The Sweden team has had problems with strikers," Ranegie said.

"So every time a striker does well in Europe he gets a chance in the national team – that’s how it’s been for the last five years.

"I know that if I play regularly and score I will get my chance again. It’s been a while since I was last called up – when I was at Udinese."

Ranegie has experience of playing in his native Sweden with IFK Göteborg and Malmö FF.

After prolific spells earlier his career, he then moved to Italy's Serie A with the Hornets' sister club, Udinese.

And Ranegie feels those experiences have helped him become a well-rounded striker.

He said: "When you change teams you have to adapt and that’s good for the development of all players.

"Maybe the strength that you had before isn’t enough at your new club.

"I scored a lot of goals in Sweden but when I went to Udinese I needed more speed and agility, which I got during my time there.

"So when I came to England I still had my strength from Sweden and more agility and skill with my feet from Italy.

"Moving to different countries has been good for me. I’m a box player and that works well in the Championship."

Ranegie says he has settled in well but admits he is still learning about Ian Holloway's footballing philosophy.

But the forward feels it's only a matter of time before he understands how the Lions boss wants him to play – and he insists fans can expect goals with his feet aswell as his head.

He added: "I don’t really know the Millwall way of playing – but I'm confident I will do in a couple of weeks!

"I score more goals with my feet than my head. If I’m going to score a goal with my head I’m very dependent on where the ball comes from – I’m depending on another guy.

"You have more chances with your feet because you can create for yourself. I’m strong in the air but I’m comfortable with my feet in the box."

Jay Taylor

(@jay_taylor18)

7 thoughts on “Millwall loanee hoping Lions form earns Sweden recall

  • September 8, 2014 at 09:08
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    Come on Mathias ,how badly we need you to start scoring a few goals ,it's what we've been missing ,good luck

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    • September 8, 2014 at 20:15
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      @mitchlions: As long as you work hard and don't give up on your runs and don't start moaning when you don't get it all your own way the goals will surely come NOLU WDC

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  • September 8, 2014 at 09:17
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    Good luck mate a hat trick on Saturday will do nicely lol

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    • September 8, 2014 at 10:49
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      @block 28: a lot of fans would probably hope he dont get called up..1- there's always the chance of him getting a knock..2 we have back to back games coming up.so would prefer him fit & ready..i think it would give him a big boost.

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  • September 8, 2014 at 10:35
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    I like that he has ambition to play for Sweden again, it shows he ain't another journeyman

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  • September 8, 2014 at 11:02
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    Ibrahimovic must be shixxing himself

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  • September 8, 2014 at 13:23
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    Couldn't give a monkeys about Sweden, just start scoring for us. Good luck reggie reggie.

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