Steven Gerrard: Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal one of best I’ve ever seen
Steven Gerrard says Zlatan Ibrahimovic's fourth goal against England was one of the best he has ever seen during a game
Steven Gerrard hailed Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s stunning scissor-kick as one of the best goals the England captain has ever seen after the Sweden striker stole the show in Stockholm.
Ibrahimovic had given the hosts a 20th-minute lead but goals from Danny Welbeck and debutant Steven Caulker put Roy Hodgson’s men 2-1 up before the break.
However, three more strikes from Ibrahimovic after the break, including an audacious overhead kick from outside the box following Joe Hart’s poor clearance, sealed the victory for Sweden.
“His performance tonight was certainly world-class so credit to him,” Gerrard told ITV1. “He’s scored one of the best goals I’ve ever seen live so it was his night.
“If someone scores four goals, I think it [has to be] up there with the best performances.”
Despite the defeat, Gerrard refused to be downbeat after the game and felt the six second-half substitutions hampered England’s game.
He added: “There were a lot of positives from our point of view tonight. There were a lot of young boys out there making their first appearances. We can take a lot away from this game.
“When you make more than three substitutions they always spoil the game, but the manager’s under huge pressure from the club managers and he’s respecting them.
“I thought we were very comfortable in the game up until we started making loads of changes.”
England boss Hodgson also felt his side performed well until the final 20 minutes.
“There’s no doubt the fourth goal was really something extraordinary,” said Hodgson. “That put the tin-lid on the game but it was the second and third goals that cost us the victory here.
“But I must say that I thought for a very long period of the game, 60 or 70 minutes, we were actually playing very well and deserved to be leading and were looking dangerous.”