International coach claims failed Nottingham Forest spell cost country Barrow plans

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Sweden have lost out on Modou Barrow, with the Swansea City winger and Nottingham Forest loanee choosing to represent The Gambia instead.

Sweden under-20 coach Hakan Ericson has admitted a lack of football at Nottingham Forest had helped cost the nation the services of Modou Barrow.

The Swansea City winger declared his intention to represent The Gambia at senior level at the weekend, the country he left to move to Sweden at the age of 11.

Ericson is quoted by Gambian newspaper The Observer, and said that he had held talks with Sweden's national boss about fast-tracking him to the first team and the under-21s.

With competition for places high in both sides, Sweden wanted Barrow to prove himself before calling him up, and his failure to play regularly at Nottingham Forest on his loan spell did not convince them to do this.

Despite their stated desire to be able to use Barrow long-term, they have now lost out with his decision to represent The Gambia instead.

Ericson said: "I had wanted to do a [fast] track, but it has unfortunately not gone [to plan] because he was injured in the spring and did not participate continuously in matches with Nottingham.”

Barrow played in just four games for Forest, with two starts, and provided one assist in a 3-3 draw with Blackburn Rovers.

He added: "We have scouted him well, we have traveled to Nottingham to watch him during his loan spell there, we called him to the Under-21 team in March and we talked about that he could be with the Under-21 European Championship this summer."

Sweden only have themselves to blame however. They chose not to select Barrow for the under-21s, and perhaps with that lack of faith in mind, he has now committed himself to the country of his birth.

After returning to Swansea when his loan deal expired, Barrow played in three Premier League matches, including the 1-0 win over Arsenal, each as a substitute.

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