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Sweden star Zlatan Ibrahimovic happy to lead lesser lights against Ireland

• Former PSG striker desperate for success from sixth major tournament
• Ibrahimovic: ‘I want to take the pressure off the team. I am used to it’

In the countdown to their opening game at Euro 2016, Sweden’s players have been subjected to a poll. It has been straightforward, featuring one question and one question only, and most of them have been asked it by now, at their various media appearances. Who, it has been put to them, is Sweden’s second best player?

Almost all of them have said Andreas Isaksson, the 34-year-old goalkeeper, possibly out of deference to one of the squad’s most senior players, but the midfielder Albin Ekdal decided to have a bit of fun. “Why? Who is the best one?” he said. His audience laughed.

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