Zlatan wary of Healy and co
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has warned Sweden that they must not take Northern Ireland lightly.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has warned that Sweden must not take Northern Ireland lightly during their Euro 2008 qualifying clash on Wednesday.
Lawrie Sanchez's men have been Group F's surprise package and, following their 4-1 win over Liechtenstein, are currently Sweden's closest rivals at the top of the table.
Furthermore, David Healy is leading the Euro 2008 goalscoring charts alongside Germany's Lukas Podolski with seven strikes, and Ibrahimovic is wary of the threat that the Leeds star and his international team-mates could pose.
Wednesday's game at Windsor Park will also be Ibrahimovic's first for his country since a disciplinary issue in September, and the Internazionale striker is looking forward to his return to the international scene.
"I don't think I have done anything wrong and I am just happy to be back in the Sweden squad again," Ibrahimovic said.
"We have seen videos of Northern Ireland in action and they look a very good team. They have already beaten Spain and we know it is going to be a tough game.
"We will need to look at the whole team but we know David Healy, who scored a hat-trick at the weekend, is in good shape at the moment."
Ibrahimovic had been in exile after breaking a team curfew before a qualifier against Liechtenstein, but coach Lars Lagerback insists the gifted striker is now starting with a clean slate.
"We will announce the team on the day of the game and Zlatan is available to play again," Lagerback said. "I guess he will probably play."