“Don’t make me angry” – the message from Zlatan Ibrahimovic after run-ins with Real Salt Lake defenders inspired him to score two goals in LA Galaxy’s 3-0 MLS victory.
The veteran striker has now scored seven goals in 11 games since his move earlier this year from Manchester United, and it’s that kind of firepower that his country can only dream of at present.
Despite retiring from international football after Euro 2016, the 36-year-old recently stated that he would have answered his country’s call for the World Cup, citing comments in the Swedish media for ruining his chances of playing in a third tournament.
With Sweden’s current run of form its something they maybe should have considered more seriously for a player who has scored a record 62 goals for his country.
Their final warm-up friendly ahead of Russia produced a goalless draw against fellow finalists, Peru, a second successive 0-0 scoreline following their friendly with Denmark.
They have scored only four goals in nine international fixtures since defeating Luxembourg 8-0 last October – although that series of results did include their two-legged victory over Italy in the World Cup play-offs.
South Korea are first-up for the Swedes on 18 June, before remaining group fixtures against Germany and Mexico.