Zlatan: Henrik can help me score again
LUGANO, Switzerland, June 6 (Reuters) - Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Friday that he hoped Henrik Larsson would be picked as his partner to help him end his long goal drought for his country at Euro 2008. Ibrahimovic has not scored for Sweden since October 2005, but believes Larsson - a late and surprise inclusion in the Swedish squad at 36 - can help him find the net during Sweden's Group D campaign which begins against Greece on Tuesday. 'Henrik and I have a special relationship and we have played a lot together. He helps me a lot and he can help me during this championship if we are picked together,' Ibrahimovich told reporters. 'Of course it is up to the coach who plays and I respect all the strikers in our team but Henrik is who I play best with.' Despite winning back-to-back Serie A titles with Inter Milan -- returning from injury on the final day of last season to score twice and clinch the championship -- Ibrahimovic has struggled to replicate his club form at international level. 'Sooner or later I will score. I just keep trying to create as many chances for myself and my team mates,' Ibrahimovich said. 'The only pressure I feel is from myself because I want to play the same way for Sweden as you have seen me at Inter.' Sweden coach Lars Lagerback also said he was unconcerned by Ibrahimovich's differing performances for club and country. 'You have to look at the facts. At Inter he plays more games and in every eight or nine matches out of 10, Inter are the better team,' Lagerback said. 'But Zlatan was an important player for us in qualification, creating many chances for others to score.' Despite training with his knee heavily strapped, Ibrahimovich said he is fit to face holders Greece. The knee injury forced him to miss two months of the season for Inter. 'The knee injury will not stop me. It flares up now and again but it will not be a problem if I am picked by the coach,' he said.