070243239aa58210VgnVCM100000e56411acRCRDapproved/thenational/Articles/Migration/2009-Q4Sweden need a new beginningf60243239aa58210VgnVCM100000e56411ac____Sweden need a new beginningSweden still have a slim chance of making the World Cup play-offs, but even so their coach Lars Lagerback says the national team need a "fresh start".<p>Sweden still have a slim chance of making the World Cup play-offs tonight, but even so their coach Lars Lagerback says the national team need a "fresh start" after a disappointing qualifying campaign.
Defeat to Group One leaders Denmark on Saturday means the Swedes - twice World Cup semi-finalists and runners-up in 1958 - must now beat Albania in Solna and hope Portugal cannot defeat minnows Malta to stand any chance of securing second place. It is a highly unlikely scenario.</p>
<p>Lagerback has already held talks with the Swedish Football Association president Lars-Ake Lagrell and revealed both he and assistant Roland Andersson would not be staying on should, as expected, the team fail to reach South Africa.
"We have decided to quit," said Lagerback. "I think it's better for the national team to have a fresh start. It's been a qualifying campaign where we haven't been able to get the ball in the net."</p>
<p>This campaign will also see the Sweden striker Henrik Larsson, who has 106 caps and 37 goals, call time on his career, at the age of 38.
"It's probably over now," said Larsson, who retired in 2002, but returned to international action two years later.
"I'm 38 years old now and I no longer have the motivation to play for Sweden after the match against Albania. It's time to make way for other attackers.</p>
<p>Even without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal are expected to easily beat Malta in Guimaraes, the visitors having lost all but one of their eight games so far without scoring.
Denmark, meanwhile, can now afford to relax against Hungary, having qualified for their first major finals in six years.
Jakob Poulsen, who scored the winning goal against Sweden, said: "We are FC Solidarity. Everybody in this team has done a fantastic job."</p>
<p>* With agencies</p>