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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 January 2007, 14:27 GMT
Sweden 'bid to lure back Larsson'
Henrik Larsson
Larsson scored on his debut for Manchester United
Sweden manager Lars Lagerback is believed to be trying to tempt striker Henrik Larsson out of international retirement for the second time.

Larsson quit international football following last summer's World Cup.

Swedish FA chairman Lars-Ake Lagrell told Aftonbladet newspaper: "There have been talks with Henke (Larsson).

"I cannot say exactly what these have involved. Obviously it would be fantastic news if Henke decided to play for the national team again."

However, Lagrell admitted it was unlikely that Larsson could be persuaded to return.

"I think Henke has made his mind up for definite this time," he said.

Larsson initially retired from international football after the 2002 World Cup.

However, he was persuaded to play for his country in the 2004 European Championship and also featured in the 2006 World Cup.

The striker is currently on loan at Manchester United from Swedish side Helsingborg and scored on his debut against Aston Villa on Sunday.

A spokesman for the Swedish FA told BBC Sport that Larsson and Lagerback are good friends and keep in regular contact.

Yet he said he believed that when Larsson announced his retirement in July, it was "the final call".

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