Centurion Steven Gerrard hails ‘world class’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic after four magic goals
England captain Steven Gerrard hailed Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the “world class” striker stunned The Three Lions with four magical goals in a friendly against Sweden in Stockholm on Wednesday night.
Sweden won the match 4-2 over England, even though Steven Gerrard handed in a spectacular performance for Roy Hodgson’s side. The Liverpool midfielder was going to celebrate his 100th appearance with a hard-earned victory, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic marched in to steal the show.
Stockholm will be remembered for the place where Zlatan Ibrahimovic massacred the English pride. England manager Roy Hodgson was left to rue over his side’s first defeat since he took over the reins of The Three Lions.
England’s defense was turned into a laughing stock by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who drew first blood and then scored three more following England’s two-goal comeback. When the final whistle was blown England was left in awe and admiration for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“I still stick by Zinedine Zidane, he is the best player in the world as the best player of his generation, but his (Ibrahimovic's) performance was world class and he just scored one of the best goals I seen live,'” Steven Gerrard was in an interview to ITV1 after the game.
“It was his night. If someone scores four goals and the way he scored them ... it's one of the best I've seen. There were a lot of positives from our point of view, a lot of young players playing their first games and we can take a lot from this game.”
Steven Gerrard admitted he had mixed feeling in his post-match press conference. The charismatic England midfielder told reporters that he was proud of making a 100th appearance for England even though it was marked by brilliance of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
I have mixed emotions. Obviously I am very proud for myself, getting to 100 caps and really pleased with the lads for large parts of the game. I thought we controlled the game and did not look like losing it but sometimes you have to hold your hands up to an individual special performance.
“This was a world-class performance from a world-class player in Ibrahimovic. It (the fourth goal) is the best goal I have seen live. I think the best goal I have seen before that is Wayne Rooney's (against Manchester City),” Steven Gerrard said.
“Everyone knows how special that was but this one tonight - an overhead kick from 25 yards when the ball is six feet in the air - only certain players can do that. He is a special player.
“I congratulated him after that. He said some nice things about me before the game which was really nice. If I could return the compliment I would say that was one of the best individual performances I have seen. He is not everyone's cup of tea but he is certainly mine.”