Two Rotherham United players off on international duty

​​ROTHERHAM United's Viktor Johansson is a busy man during the international break and he wouldn't have it any other way.
Rotherham United's Viktor Johansson has linked up with the Sweden squad. Picture: Jim BrailsfordRotherham United's Viktor Johansson has linked up with the Sweden squad. Picture: Jim Brailsford
Rotherham United's Viktor Johansson has linked up with the Sweden squad. Picture: Jim Brailsford

While most of his teammates have a two-week break from competitive action, the goalkeeper is away with the Sweden squad who are playing two matches in the next six days.

The Swedes have a home friendly with Moldova on Thursday before travelling to Belgium for a Euro 2024 qualifying clash with big guns Belgium on Monday.

Johansson headed to Sweden on Sunday, the day after his starring role in a 1-1 Championship draw at Southampton.

“There's no time to have a rest but I don't mind,” he said. “We train Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and then there's a game on Thursday. Then we fly to Belgium.”

The 25-year-old is living the dream, having received his fourth consecutive call-up by his country.

“I love every single minute of it,” he said. “When I was a kid I wanted to play football and to be in the national team. Now I just need to keep going.”

He has been on the bench so far and is hoping to oust first-choice Robin Olsen who is with Premier League Aston Villa.

The Swedes are in third place in qualifying Group F after five matches, behind leaders Belgium and Austria.

Also on international duty is Millers teenage attacker Ciaran McGuckin.

The 19-year-old, who has made three second-tier appearances off the bench this term, is part of the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad who have two Euro U-21 2025 qualifiers coming up.

They face Azerbaijan in Baku on Thursday and then line up at home to Serbia at Mourneview Park in Lurgan on Monday.

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