With Pontus Jansson’s bizarre double malaise on Bournemouth today (first he elbow smashed one guy then tripped up another) Rangers’ Filip Helander’s place at Sweden’s Euro 2020 squad seems just a little more assured.
Regulars might remember Ibrox Noise discussing these two, and us failing to grasp why a Brentford defender had any chance of remaining Victor Lindelof’s main partner despite the fact at the time he was getting the nod.
Well, Helander does seem to have finally usurped the massive stopper and claimed that slot for his own, with the Griffin Park man either destined for the bench or not making the squad at all.
And after his double assault on Bournemouth’s finest today, we’re not entirely shocked.
Helander’s form this season, while injury-disrupted, has been extremely impressive, and the former Malmo man has clearly earned a slot in the squad.
Frankly, the way he’s been playing, he is most deserving of a starting jersey.
Helander’s route to Sweden has not been easy – aged 28 only now is he becoming a true starter, despite such a strong CV in his homeland, Italy and now Rangers.
But he’s earned it, and while Jansson may still get in the squad, it looks like Lindelof and Helander are the number one pairing now.