Young midfielder looking to make step up.
Sunderland midfielder David Moberg Karlsson is hoping a good run of form for Sunderland can earn him recognition at under-21 - and hopefully later senior level - for his native Sweden.
Moberg Karlsson has been capped 11 times at under-19 level for Sweden and he hopes the recognition he will receive from playing in the Barclays Premier League will bolster his chances, although he maintains his primary aim is to impress for Sunderland.
“I’m at the age to play for the under-21's but I haven’t been selected, so of course that is the first step for me,” Moberg Karlsson said.
“I don’t think too much about the national team - I want to play well for Sunderland and if you play well at a big club like Sunderland then you will get the opportunity to play [at international level].
“That’s just extra motivation – I want to play well for Sunderland first.”
Moberg Karlsson also told safc.com he has drawn help from fellow Swede Seb Larsson during his first couple of months on Wearside.
He’ll come up against another Swede on Saturday in Fulham’s Alexander Kacaniklic and, though he doesn’t know the Cottagers winger personally, he says it’s exciting for his country to see so many players plying their trade in the Barclays Premier League.
“He [Seb Larsson]’s a Swede so we can talk about things; we have the same culture and he has helped me a lot with some practical things as well,” the 19-year-old explained.
“I don’t know Kacaniklic personally, like I didn’t know Seb at first but for me it’s the best league in the world and for our national team it’s good for many of our players to be playing in the league.”
- Join David at the Stadium of Light this Saturday for Sunderland v Fulham - tickets are still on sale.