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The Swedes who Came to Bolton

There were just the two of them who appeared in the latter part of our Premier League adventure. 

Sweden v England - Group D: UEFA EURO 2012 Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

With England competing in their first World Cup Quarter Final since 2006 against Sweden, why not take a look at those who have played for Sweden and Bolton Wanderers?

Johan Elmander

Bolton Wanderers v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Elmander was a player who never managed to live up to expectations at Bolton, but then were the post Nicholas Anelka expectations realistic? His goal return was never the greatest, but his work ethic was with out a doubt incredibly valuable. I maintain that he was missed the year we went down after we downgraded to David N’Gog.

Elmander made 80 appearances for the Swedish national team scoring 20 goals. He was part of the squad at the 2006 World Cup. He appeared on the 2-2 draw with England during that tournament making it on as a substitute in the 74th minute. This is a game best remembered for Joe Cole’s wonder goal.

He was less prolific than that for Wanderers managing 18 goals from 92 appearances. One of these was of course the greatest Premier League goal ever according to the Guardian. This goal was part of a run of form which greatly exceeded that in the rest of his time at the club in terms of goal return as Bolton chased Europe under Owen Coyle for a few months.

On leaving Wanderers he went to Galatasaray, but was never able to replicate the form he showed at the end of his Bolton stay and his career fizzled out.

Christian Wilhelmsson

Fulham v Bolton Wanderers - Carling Cup Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Wilhelmsson was brought into the club by Sammy Lee during his short reign but never impressed under him or Gary Megson. He was apparently instrumental in the signing of Elmander, I’ll let you make you own mind up about that one. There was apparently plenty of competition to land him on loan with other Premier League sides and Celtic interested.

Internationally he played 79 times for Sweden and was also a member of the 2006 World Cup squad. He was also introduced from the bench during the match.

His domestic career took him all over Europe from Belgium to Norway and also out to the USA and Saudi Arabia. Notable teams on his travels include Roma and LA Galaxy.