Paper Talk: England 1 Sweden 0

The final score from Wembley was England 1 Sweden 0. The Swedish press were not impressed with the performance of the national team. This was their reaction on Wednesday 16 November 2011:

Football columnist Simon Bank: “Sweden has a silent captain, two forwards that can’t play together and a manager that must be worried about the future. Sweden lost to an England ‘B’ team and Zlatan Ibrahimovic was anonymous. It was alarming to see how easily England could pressure on the player with the ball”.
Chief sports writer Mats Olsson writes: “Erik Hamrén doesn’t have a clue about what he’s doing. To win games you have to at least try playing football. In comparison, Fabio Capello’s young team looked confident and secure.”
Dagens Nyheter:
Chief columnist Johan Esk: “Do Milan keep the original Zlatan and send us a bleak copy for every international game? Once again he failed to deliver and once again his partnership with Johan Elmander did not work. Zlatan Ibrahimovic looked tired, slow and was barely there.”
Svenska Dagbladet:
Columnist Anders Lindblad: “It’s gonna be a long and cold winter. If we are to stand any chance of progressing beyond the group stages in Euro 2012 we have to pray that everybody stays injury free and in form. And hope that Zlatan Ibrahimovic isn’t pushed too hard by his club.”
Chief columnist Olof Lundh: “Does Zlatan Ibrahimovic even want to play for the national team? He has been given the captains armband, a free role in the team and can do what he wants and despite all that he looked disinterested.

Anton Boström – Stockholm.


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