Gerrard hails Ibrahimovic strike as 'one of the best ever'

England captain Steven Gerrard described Zlatan Ibrahimovic's stunning fourth goal in Stockholm on Wednesday night as "one of the best I've ever seen".

The Paris Saint-Germain striker bagged four goals for Sweden as the hosts ran out 4-2 winners over Roy Hodgson's side.

The stunning quadruple moves Ibrahimovic ahead of Henrik Larsson on the all-time Swedish goalscorer list with 40 international goals, and Gerrard was full of praise for the 31-year-old's performance.

"I think his performance tonight was world-class," Gerrard told ITV. "Credit to him, he's scored one of the best goals I've ever seen so it was his night.

"I think when someone scores goals – and the way he scored them – it's up there with the best performances."

The England captain's milestone 100th cap was somewhat overshadowed by the Sweden No.10, and Gerrard believes the amount of substitutions in the second half may have contributed to conceding their 2-1 lead.

"Substitutions – when you make more than three – always spoil the game," he added. "But I suppose [Hodgson] is under a lot of pressure from the [Premier League] managers and he's respecting them because a lot of players are playing in Europe.

"It does upset the rhythm. I thought we were very comfortable in the game up until we started making loads of changes but it has to be done in these friendlies.

"I think there were a lot of positives from our point of view tonight; a lot of young boys out there making their first games and we can take a lot away. We collapsed towards the end but we can learn from that."


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