The last English footballers abroad come home after Swedish football has been canceled due to the corona virus
The last English footballers to play abroad return home after Swedish Swedish football is FINALLY canceled due to the corona virus
- Lower-class football in Sweden was finally canceled this week due to coronavirus
- Several English players play in the fourth and fifth division of Swedish football
- The list of returning players includes former Stevenage player Dylan Switters
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The last active English footballers in Europe are returning home after the lower division in Sweden was canceled until the end of April.
Former Bradford City striker Raeece Ellington, Luke Hirst (ex-Dagenham) & Kain McGaughey (ex-Wigan) will fly back from IFK Moura on Monday.
On Friday, ex-Blackpool goalkeeper Harvey Simson of fourth division Boden joined the Arctic Circle, Aaron Ekumah (ex-Norwich City) and Dylan Switters (Stevenage) of IF Gottne and former Bury intern Jack Hatton who was with Ytterhogdals.
All Swedish football has now been eliminated due to coronavirus after lower league matches were suspended
Players like ex-Blackpool goalkeeper Harvey Simson play in Sweden and come home
The Swedish FA, which had already canceled games in the top three divisions, announced last week that the ban would be extended to all divisions.
All seven returning English players are between the ages of 18 and 20 and have won three-month contracts in Sweden through the League Football Education (LFE) player placement program after being released by their clubs.
The LFE has sent a total of 286 players to Spain and Sweden since 2008, 96 of whom got longer contracts after the original deals ended.
Ex-Bradford City striker Raeece Ellington also plays in Swedish junior football
Former Bury youngster Jack Hatton tweeted that he would also be leaving Sweden to come home
For young players finding their way into the game, the coronavirus outbreak can have a devastating financial impact.
Switters, who helped Gottne make progress in the Swedish Cup qualifying rounds last weekend, posted on social media on Saturday: “Stripped to be forced home because of COVID-19, just when I found my feet. I would like to thank Gottne IF and LFE very much for making this possible and hopefully we can finish what we started. Great bunch of guys, will be missed. ‘
The Swedish league season, which was played in the summer, would start on April 4. Last Sunday, with all other European leagues lifted, Switters played in a pre-season tournament in Örnsköldsvik, a picturesque coastal town in western Sweden 325 miles north of Stockholm.
“There have been no cases in the area and I was training and going to the gym,” explained 19-year-old Switters. “It was a quiet and clean place. You could look out the window and see mountains or ships on the water.
“Life was normal, we had won all three of our matches last weekend for a few hundred fans, so we were looking forward to the competition, then on Wednesday we were notified that matches across Sweden were canceled and the UK government wanted us back to House.
Ex-Stevenage player Dylan Switters took to Twitter to express sadness as he left Sweden
Switters trained in Örnsköldsvik, 325 miles north of Stockholm (above), which is deserted
“I flew back to London on Friday afternoon – with many empty seats on the plane.
“Financially this killed young players like me. I left Stevenage late last season and played for Sweden non-league for Hayes. I was with Gottne for a month, now I am back at my parents’ house in Stevenage trying to help them with the gas and electricity bills but no income.
“My stepmother is a childminder. She has had breast cancer, so the NHS told her to stay indoors for 12 weeks. The other parents have been very nice and have agreed to continue to pay 50% of the childcare money this month, even if it is closed. ‘
Gottne confirmed the departure of Switters and Ekuman on Saturday; Due to the current health situation, Dylan and Aaron are returning to England. We thank them for their contribution and hope to see them again with us soon. ‘
All Swedish football is currently being canceled until the end of April. Until Wednesday, clubs from the fourth and fifth division played normally in exhibition games and cup games.