Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof turned down a call-up from Sweden ahead of the international break.
The Scandinavians get their European Championship bid underway with their first qualifier against Romania on Saturday before heading to Norway on Tuesday.
Lindelof’s absence from the squad was cited as being for “personal reasons”, put down to the fact his wife is expecting their first child at the start of April.
But reports in Sweden suggested he snubbed his national side as a result of best friend John Guidetti being left out by manager Janne Andersson.
Andersson has strongly denied the claims, however, and insists he has no hard feelings with the United star after his decision.
“There has been little speculation as to why he made his decision,” Andersson said.
“Already yesterday I said that I have great respect and great understanding of the decision.
“I can strongly deny that it was because another player was taken out.
“Had it been so, I would not have had respect or understanding of the decision.”
The exclusion of Alaves striker Guidetti, formerly of Manchester City and Celtic, has caused plenty of controversy.
He responded with a goal at the weekend followed by a finger to the lips gesture – but Andersson says there is still respect between the duo.
“We talk to each other, if someone now believed something else.
“They are wise to these players and we have great respect for each other’s roles,” Andersson stated.
“It is clear that he feels disappointed that he is not (in the squad), but we both have great respect for each other’s roles.”