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The Latics left-back, well down the pecking order at the JJB, could be lining up against the Ballon d'Or winner at the weekend.

Wigan Athletic defender Erik Edman, limited to reserve appearances for his club this season due to the form of Maynor Figueroa, might well be in line for an appearance for Sweden when they face Portugal this weekend in Porto.

He is relishing the chance to prove himself in some meaningful action at last, even if it means marking Cristiano Ronaldo, and he is anxious to prove to coach Lars Lagerback that he is worthy of inclusion.

"I am happy to be here, because I have had this week to convince him that I should play,” he told Fotbolls Expressen.

"I want to play – I have felt good in training at Wigan. I don’t need to do any extra running or anything, but I am missing first-team football. I don’t know if I will play [against Portugal].

"I’m a little bit confused about what Lasse and [assistant coach] Roland [Andersson] are thinking, but they want to keep the players, the media and Portugal guessing. They are good at keeping you in the dark."

Edman acknowledges though that marking Ronaldo is no easy task and requires extreme vigilance, but he is up for the challenge, should he be called upon.

He concluded, "You go in and you do what you can. That is what it is all about. He doesn’t just play on the wings – he floats around, moves in to collect the ball. He does whatever he likes.

"It’s important that you restrict his opportunities to go one-on-one with you. He is dangerous there, but then Simao, Bosingwa and Nani are too.

"Ronaldo is like Zlatan [Ibrahimovic]. He can suddenly do something and then – bang! – your afternoon is destroyed."

Zack Wilson, Goal.com

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