Ibra out to tame Lions
Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims he cannot wait to line up against England at Euro 2012, with it his opinion that Sweden are dark horses in Group D.
Last Updated: 08/06/12 9:43am
Zlatan Ibrahimovic claims he cannot wait to line up against John Terry and England at Euro 2012, with it his opinion that Sweden are dark horses in Group D.
England and France are considered to be favourites to progress to the knockout stage of this summer's European Championship, but Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine are planning on upsetting the odds.
Ibrahimovic believes a meeting with the Three Lions on 15th June could decide the fate of both nations, with there only two places in the quarter-finals up for grabs.
The AC Milan striker stepped out of international retirement to help Sweden book their place at Euro 2012 and he is determined to ensure that a productive season - which brought 33 domestic goals - ends on a high.
"This is our time to challenge. We're not going there on holidays," said Ibrahimovic.
"My battle with Terry is going to be sensational because I always prefer this level of competition to show just what I can do.
"The Euros are very important and I do not want to fail people."
Ibrahimovic has been keeping a close eye on the pre-tournament preparations of Sweden's rivals and he believes an England side that has suffered untimely injury blows and a recent managerial change could be there for the taking.
He added: "I sincerely do not understand the absence of Rio Ferdinand. If he is injured, okay.
"But I do not fear England or France. They are both under far more pressure than us and England have been suffering with a lot of injuries.
"And, even though the Premier League is the best in the world and the replacements are big on quality, this will be a very hard test for them.
"Wayne Rooney will be missing against us. He is special and his absence is a big blow to England.
"Under Roy Hodgson they are more direct but create less chances - and I'm optimistic.
"But first we face the Ukraine and this is the key game for us.
"A win would raise morale for the England game - a match that could decide the group. But watch us, we are the quiet ones."