'I am ready for everything' - Zlatan Ibrahimovic prepared for physical battle against Ireland

The Sweden captain has praised his Irish counterpart Robbie Keane as well as Giovanni Trapattoni but insists that he is prepared for a physical game against the Boys in Green
Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said that he is ready for a physical game against Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland.

The Boys in Green take on Ibrahimovic's side in a crunch World Cup qualifier at the Friends Arena tonight, Friday, March 22, and Ireland captain Robbie Keane suggested earlier in the week that his team would have to use all means necessary to stifle the Swedish captain.

However, the Paris Saint-Germain front-man has stressed that he is ready 'for everything' and is hoping for an enjoyable game.

"I am prepared for everything," Ibrahimovic told reporters. "If the opponent has to do everything to stop the other team, then that is what we have to do also.

"We will see how the game plays out, but hopefully it will be a nice game and lots of people will enjoy it."

The 31-year-old striker, who has scored 39 goals in 86 international games, also praised his Irish counterpart, Robbie Keane, describing the LA Galaxy attacker as a 'dangerous striker'.

"I think Robbie Keane is a good player," he said. "He has had a good career and is over in America now. He has been very important for the national team. He's a dangerous striker and a player we will have to watch out for."

Ibrahimovic also acknowledged that Giovanni Trapattoni's credentials as a coach, noting that he has had a 'fantastic career'.

He said: "I don't know him personally or as a coach but you can see from his results, that he has done fantastic work, has had a fantastic career and is very well respected.

"He has set up a good strategy for his team against us and it will be very difficult, but hopefully we will control the game and it will go how we want it."

Meanwhile Sweden boss Erik Hamren has revealed that he will allow his captain a 'free' role during tonight's World Cup qualification clash with Ireland.

"For me, there is too much discussion on whether [Ibrahimovic] is number nine or 10. He's one of two forwards," Hamren told reporters ahead of the game.

"If you want, you can say we're playing 4-4-2 but he is free and allowed to go down and pick up the balls and find some space behind the number nine. But sometimes he becomes the front guy.

"In my opinion, that is the way to use him best," he added.

Hamren believes that the game against Ireland will be 'tough' but insisted that his side was 'ready' for the task.

"I expect a tough game tomorrow and they always play with their heart for the green shirt," he said.

He continued: "We are ready, the players are ready and I am ready. It will be a tough game and we need to be really good.

"We have set our goal to be really good. Then we will see what happens. It is a really important game for us both."