Sporting Alert – Gareth Bale starts on the bench for Wales, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in the lineup for Sweden in today’s Euro 2016 warmup at Friends Arena.
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Bale, who recently help Real Madrid lift the Champions League title, will put his foot up for the first 45 minutes, but the forward is expected to play about 35-45 minutes, which means we could see him starting for the Welsh side in the second half.
However, Ibrahimovic, who is reportedly set to join Manchester United in the English Premier League, will be on the pitch from the start for Sweden and he will link up with Emil Forsberg and Marcus Berg in the hunt for goals.
With Bale starting on the bench, the focus will be on David Vaughan and Sam Vokes, with Jonny Williams, Aaron Ramsey, Andy King and Neil Taylor also starting in support.
The backline is led by Ashley Williams, with James Chester, Chris Gunter and Ben Davies completing the back four, with Wayne Hennessey starting in the goal.
Besides Bale, Joe Allen, Hal Robson-Kanu, Joe Ledley, Simon Church and James Collins are also available on the bench and could see some minutes in the second half.
Sebastian Larsson and Martin Olsson are both in the starting team for Sweden, along with Erik Johansson, Mikael Lustig and Kim Kallstrom.
John Guidetti, Oscar Hiljemark, Emir Kujovic and Erkan Zengin are all on the bench.
Wales Team to play Sweden: Hennessey, Gunter, Taylor, A.Williams, Davies, Chester, King, J.Williams, Vaughan, Ramsey, Vokes Subs: O.Williams, Ward, Allen, Robson-Kanu, Bale, G.Williams, Edwards, Richards, Ledley, Cotterill, Collins, Church, Dummett, Burns, Huws.
Sweden Team to play Wales: Isaksson, Lustig, Johansson, Granqvist, Olsson, Larsson, Kallstrom, Lewicki, Forsberg, Berg, Ibrahimovic. Subs: Ekdal, Olsen, Jansson, Lindelof, Hiljemark, Wernbloom, Augustinsson, Kujovic, Durmaz, Zengin, Carlgren, Guidetti