Praise comes in for Ibrahimovic after wonder goal

The forward had already scored a hat trick when he struck a remarkable overhead volley from 35 yards.

“Sometimes you have to hold your hands up to a special individual performance,” England captain Steven Gerrard said. “And that was a world-class performance from a world-class player.

“It was the best goal I have ever seen. The best before that was Wayne Rooney’s [for Manchester United against Manchester City]. Everyone knows how special that one was, but this one tonight, an overhead kick from 25 yards when the ball is six feet in the air … well, only certain players can do that, and he is a special player.

Sweden coach Erik Hamren told a news conference: “The last one? You might never see that again in your life. Unbelievable, really.”