Zidane hails 'extraordinary' Zlatan
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Former France captain Zinedine Zidane took time out from praising his country's friendly success in Italy to laud Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the Swede's "extraordinary" scissor-kick goal against England.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker destroyed the Three Lions with a four-goal salvo in a 4-2 success in Stockholm - but it was his instinctive overhead effort from distance which left many observers gasping, Zidane included.

Ibrahimovic is "an extraordinary player" said Zidane. "I never managed to score four in a game," added the Frenchman, though he did manage a brace in the 1998 FIFA World Cup™ Final success over Brazil.

I never managed to score four in a game.
Zinedine Zidane

"It was magnificent - especially the overhead kick," enthused Zidane, who scored a goal of similar athletic class in Real Madrid's UEFA Champions League final win over Bayer Leverkusen in 2002.

Regarding France's 2-1 friendly win in Italy, Zidane said: "They did the job. After [drawing a FIFA World Cup qualifier with] Spain they confirmed they are on the right track."

"It is not easy to win in Italy - I know that after difficult confrontations with Italy," added the French legend, famously sent off in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final against Gli Azzurri.