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The 24-year-old has warned the Three Lions that anything can happen when the AC Milan man is on the pitch, but believes the media are trying to unsettle the player

Blackburn and Sweden defender Martin Olsson believes that England are "scared" of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of Friday's Group D encounter.

Ibrahimovic continues to have his doubters within the English game, but played well and opened the scoring in his side's eventual 2-1 loss to co-hosts Ukraine on Monday.

And Olsson believes that there may be an ulterior motive behind the constant criticism.

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"I think they say what they say to throw him off balance," he told Swedish newspaper Expressen.

"Everyone knows that he is an awesome player, he has won something with every club he has played for.

"I do not think anyone can argue with that. Maybe they feel a little scared now, nervous for when we will meet them."

The Three Lions have every right to be wary of Blagult ahead of the second group game, given that they have not beaten the Scandinavians in a competitive game since 1968.

However, they will take confidence from a 1-0 friendly victory in November last year, in what turned out to be Fabio Capello's last game as coach.

Ibrahimovic, though, will be looking to extend his impressive international goal tally of 32 goals in 78 games, and Olsson hopes he will be able to do just that on Friday.

"If Ibrahimovic is in the right mood, anything can happen. Sometimes he doesn't touch the ball in 20 to 30 minutes and then he suddenly explodes. Hopefully it will happen against England as well," Olsson concluded.

The game in Kiev kicks off at 20:45CET.