Alexander Milosevic was rewarded for some fine Nottingham Forest form with a recall to the Sweden squad earlier this week.
The 27-year-old played 12 times for the Reds during the second half of the season; looking like a shrewd signing considering he arrived in the East Midlands on a free.
An intelligent defender, Milosevic already has seven caps to his name. The last time he played a competitive game for his country, however, was four years ago.
His call-up to the national ranks is thoroughly deserved. The ex-AIK performer could now be involved during games against Malta and Spain next month.
Milosevic built up a strong rapport alongside Yohan Benalouane following his arrival at the club. Some sporadic Forest form actually coincided with Martin O’Neill deciding not to include him for a number of games.
Sweden is a proud nation and earning a place in their squad is a massive accolade for Milosevic. It almost certainly highlights the quality which he brings to the Forest squad.
The next natural challenge for Milosevic is to continue playing regularly at Forest. He has already shown his ability to adapt to the Championship and he will relish his first full season in the competition.
The centre-back has made such an impact that he probably should be in contention to be under consideration to wear the captain’s armband.
Forest aren’t blessed, at present, with too many standout candidates. Jack Colback was a frequent occupant of the strap during the back end of the season, but he has since returned to Newcastle.
Ben Watson and Michael Dawson were two other skippers last season. It is, however, pretty difficult to imagine either playing much next season.
Milosevic would command respect from his team-mates and the challenge of leading the side wouldn’t faze a player who is calmness personified.
O’Neill could well add some more leadership into his squad this summer, but right now Milosevic is perhaps the leading light when it comes to nominating a captain for next season.