Sweden striker  Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a training session   in Toulouse ahead of Friday’s meeting with Italy. Photograph:   Vassil Donev/EPA

“Ibra has played seven seasons in Serie A,” says, er, Ibra as Sweden prepare for this afternoon’s game in Toulouse, “and feels a great love for the co(...)

Sweden’s coach Erik Hamren  applauds the fans at the end of the Euro 2016 group E match at the Stade de France stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

Defender Martin Olsson is hoping Sweden are not made to pay for their draw with the Republic of Ireland, with Italy and Belgium left to play as they r(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan opens the scoring in the Euro 2016 Group E match against Sweden at Stade de France in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters/Livepic

Sweden 1 Republic of Ireland 1 In a week’s time the Irish might well be looking back on this, a game they led but drew, and wondering what might have(...)

Oscar Lewicki , seen above tackling Bernardo Silva of Portugal, was an integral part of the Swedish under-21 team that won last year’s European Championship. Photograph: Getty

Prospects Erik Hamren’s side are in much the same boat as Martin O’Neill’s although he does have the advantage of a superstar striker, something th(...)