Swedish footballer Anton Hysen has announced he's gay, just weeks after English cricketer Steven Davies made a similar announcement.

Hysen, the son of former Liverpool defender Glenn Hysen, made the announcement in an interview with the football magazine Offside.

The 20-year-old Utsiktens BK player told the magazine that it was “fucked up” that no other Swedish player had come out, the UK's Daily Mail reported.

“I am a footballer. And gay. If I perform as a footballer, then I do not think it matters if I like girls or boys,” he said.

Hysen conceded that his sexuality could affect his career, but said: “People may call me anything they want, it will just make me even more psyched.”

Hysen is the first high-profile Swedish football player to announce that he is gay. He joins several top European athletes who have publicly outed themselves during their careers.

Twenty-four-year-old Steven Davies recently said that he was inspired to come out by Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas, who came out gay nearly two years ago.