Roy Keane has branded Zlatan Ibrahimovic “one to watch” for the Republic of Ireland against Sweden. Cheers. For. That.
Ireland will face Ibrahimovic’s Sweden in the group stages of this summer’s European Championship in France, and Keane, currently Martin O’Neill’s assistant, believes the 34-year-old “looks a bit of a character”.
Ibrahimovic, who has recently been praised by Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, but remains integral to the hopes of Sweden on the international stage.
Speaking ahead of Ireland’s upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia, Keane said of Ibrahimovic: “I’d like to think I’m better looking than him! He looks like a good player you would be happy to play with.
“He’s really, really good. I’ve seen him recently live, done a few Champions League games for television and there’s a lot of speculation that he might be going to England.
“He looks a bit of a character. One you’d want to be in the trenches with. He scores goals as well, a big lad and a big character. Again, he’s not shy. Pretty confident. He’s one to watch from our point of view; he’s a big player for Sweden and we’d have to keep an eye on him.”