Sweden head coach Janne Anderson has indicated that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not in the country’s plans as they prepared themselves for the summer World Cup in Russia. Sweden qualified for the global tournament after scripting a stunning 1-0 aggregate win over Italy in the playoffs and there has since been talk of Ibrahimovic linking up with the squad.
Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Teddy Sheringham believes England are likely to have a tough time at the summer World Cup as they have just one world-class player in the form of Harry Kane. The Three Lions have been drawn in a relatively favourable group in Russia involving the likes of Belgium, Panama and Tunisia, but they are still not regarded favourites to win the showpiece tournament – for the first time in 52 years.
In an honest interview covered by The Mail, Sheringham, who scored 11 times for England, reckons Gareth Southgate’s side will struggle to contend with the expectations in Russia, he said: “Can we do well in Russia? Honestly, no. If you are going to win a World Cup you have to have two or three world-class players… at least. England have one – Kane. You look around the rest of the team and, yes, there are good players but some of them cannot even get into their club teams, which is terrible for English football. I love Gareth as a man and a person and I like what he is trying to do, but he’s up against it.”
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