Larsson: No Ibrahimovic at World Cup benefits everyone.


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Football great Henrik Larsson says the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Sweden at the 2018 World Cup benefits everyone and makes Sweden more Dynamic.

Larsson admits that Ibrahimovic is Sweden’s greatest player but believes the 36 year old striker is no longer at the level  he once was.

The former Celtic frontman told Betfair: “He is the best player we ever had from Sweden so it is not strange that those questions [about a recall] came up. But I think it is good now for the group that they can focus on the team and the squad.”

Larsson added on the endless debate surrounding a legendary figure with 116 caps to his name: “You guys are still talking about him even though he is not there.

“A fit Zlatan, the way he was before his injury, I think any coach in the world would bring him. But he is not that. There is no point talking about that. It is about the players who are there.

“The team is going to be different in the sense that everybody has to move. The opponent knew in the past that when the ball went up front it was going to him. Now they are not sure.

“Is it coming short into the feet of either Ola Toivonen and Marcus Berg, who are going to be the two strikers, or are they going long?

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