Monday 19 March 2018

Roy Hodgson admits Ibrahimovic wonder goal was ‘final humiliation’ for England

England manager Roy Hodgson is adamant his side did not deserve to lose in Sweden last week and admitted Zlatan Ibrahimovic's spectacular overhead kick was the "final humiliation".

Paris St Germain star Ibrahimovic grabbed his fourth goal in the 4-2 win with a wonder goal in the closing seconds but Hodgson felt that merely underlined a night when little went in favour of the visitors.

Goals from Danny Welbeck and Steven Caulker had overturned an early deficit as England led before sweeping changes allowed the hosts to wrestle control again.

While admiring the technique of Ibrahimovic's opportunist strike, it will never sit well with the Three Lions boss.

"I was not very happy about it, I was still smarting a bit from the free-kick, I thought it was a bit harsh on us. I thought 2-2 was harsh, let alone 2-3," Hodgson said.

"It was a fantastic effort on his part, and I admire the athleticism and the technique, but he did not have a lot to lose.

"It was the last kick of the game. If the ball had gone 75 metres into the stands, who cares? If he had missed it completely, who cares? The ref was going to blow his whistle as soon as it happened."

Hodgson continued: "For me it was the final humiliation in a way in a game where I did not really believe the Swedes deserved it."

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