The legendary Frenchman had nothing but praise for the PSG star following his four-goal haul against England, and feels France's national side are on the right track
The Paris Saint-Germain striker netted all four of his side's goals to send the Three Lions home empty-handed, and his fine display has not gone unnoticed elsewhere.
"Ibrahimovic is an extraordinary player. I never managed to score four goals in a game," Zidane was quoted as saying on the official Fifa website.
"It really was a magnificent performance. His overhead kick in particular was spectacular."
The former Real Madrid playmaker then went on to discuss France's 2-1 friendly win over Italy on Wednesday, and voiced his belief that les Bleus are moving in the right direction.
"They did the job. After [drawing against] Spain they confirmed that they are on the right track. It is not easy to win in Italy - I know that after difficult confrontations with Italy."
France's next game is against Germany at Stade de France on February 6 2013.