The best of the Nordics: the all-time Premier League XI

Adam Brown
Adam Brown
Adam Brown
Contributor

Scandinavia has produced plenty of top Premier League players. From the successful Danish sides on the international scene, to world renowned forwards from Sweden – there’s been no shortage of talent from the Nordics of Europe.

As there are some disputes over which countries are a part of Scandinavia, we’ve simplified it by creating a team from the Nordic countries. Generally, that refers to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The Faroe Islands are too, but unsurprisingly, there won’t be any Faroese players in the team or bench from the nation ranked 77th by FIFA.

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The biggest issue amongst this team will be deciding who will take set pieces; spoilt for choice. Some of the Premier League’s most technically gifted players ever have stemmed from Scandinavia, so it’s unsurprising to see the emergence of the likes of Martin Odegaard who attracted tonnes of interest from England.

But as well as that, the Nordics have produced plenty of solid goalkeepers from the likes of Peter Schmeichel and Jussi Jaaskelainen to Antti Niemi and Kasper Schmeichel. As a region, they certainly deserve the respect they get in the football world.

Given Iceland’s performance in the Euros and the likes of Eriksen and Sigurdsson establishing themselves firmly in the Premier League, it’s likely that the development of Scandinavian football will continue to grow, which could mean that we will see the countries performing much stronger in international competitions.