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Swede Tomas Brolin dreams of retirement goal

Tomas Brolin
Brolin claims he scored 27 goals for Sweden, not 26 as officially recorded

Former Sweden striker Tomas Brolin wants to improve his goal scoring tally for the national team - 12 years after retiring from football.

The 40-year-old claims he should have been credited for a goal given to team-mate Roland Nilsson 19 years ago.

Brolin, who struggled at Leeds after signing from Parma for £4.5m in 1995, told Sweden's SVT that he scored 27 goals for Sweden, not 26 as recorded.

The Swedish Football Association said it will look into the issue.

Replays of the goal in Sweden's 2-1 friendly win over Norway in 1991, seem to support Brolin's claim - with Nilsson's shot deflecting off Brolin's back and past Norwegian goalkeeper Einar Rossbach.

Swedish Football Association spokesman Thomas Salateg called for further analysis: "I guess we will have to discuss this with the statisticians and then we'll see if there's going to be a change."

Brolin, who also had a spell at Crystal Palace in 1998, said he did not raise the issue immediately after the match because it was Nilsson's first goal for the national team.

If the official record is changed, Brolin would rise to seventh place among Sweden's all-time top scorers, tied with Agne Simonsson.

The striker was thrust into prominence in 1992 when he scored the winner in Sweden's 2-1 victory over England at the European Championships to ensure Graham Taylor's side made an early exit from the tournament.

Brolin now owns a restaurant in Sweden and has been a World Series Poker player.

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