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Jamie Redknapp: Nothing could stop the Zlatan Ibrahimovic show

On the ball: The pitch wasn't great, but nothing could stop the mighty Zlatan

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UPDATED:

00:19 GMT, 15 November 2012

There were some problems with the pitch cutting up but not for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

He was skating over it at times. We've concentrated on what he can't do – why DO we do that – but I'd love for him to play in the Premier League.

The skill in his opener, shaping his foot, was wonderful.

Simply brilliant: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four exceptional goals against England, including a wonderful fourth

Simply brilliant: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four exceptional goals against England, including a wonderful fourth

Don't underestimate the quality in that as we all focus on his ridiculous fourth. No 1 was more than a toe poke.

The man can stroll through matches at times, but he turned it on here.

Don't try it at home

Kids will often head for the playground to emulate their heroes – I know I did.

When Lionel Messi conjures something amazing, kids rush to get a ball or turn on their computer games.

But how do you replicate that Ibrahimovic goal. Don't try it at home, unless you're on a bouncy castle.

I wish he was English, but we don't have a single player like him.

He's been called the Swedish Cantona for his swagger, but he's quicker than the former Manchester United striker and last night the world woke up to the mighty Zlatan.

Stealing the show: Ibrahimovic fittingly shone at the curtain-raiser of the Friends Arena

Stealing the show: Ibrahimovic fittingly shone at the curtain-raiser of the Friends Arena

Happy debuts

Raheem Sterling of Liverpool was impressive.

I can see him overtaking Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott within a year.

He has quick feet, tiny steps and explosive pace. But he is intelligent and strong and demands the ball. He will only get better.

Leon Osman can be pleased with his night's work, too.

At this level, international football is about keeping the ball and he did that. He settled into the game and got better the longer the night went on. Well done to him.

I picked out Steven Caulker at the start of the season as one of my 10 to watch, but I didn't expect him to be making his England debut so quickly.

Happy debuts: Leon Osman (right) looked accomplished in the centre of England's midfield

Happy debuts: Leon Osman (right) looked accomplished in the centre of England's midfield

He didn't look out of place last night and scored the goal to give England a 2-1 lead.

He was unfortunate for Sweden's first goal and will learn from playing against quality like Ibrahimovic last night and Sergio Aguero last Sunday.

This is a fast-track development for him, but it shows the benefit of sending players out on loan to gain experience.

Caulker went to Swansea for a season and so when he returned to Tottenham, the boy became a man.

Well done, Young

Ashley Young hasn't been firing for a while and has become obsessed with cutting in from the left and sending over an inswinger with his right foot.

That's what Sweden expected last night as he approached the left flank, but he surprised the full back and the central defence by going on the outside and trusting his left foot.

The cross was terrific and his Manchester United team-mate Danny Welbeck did the easy bit.

It seems like such a long time ago but it was a good moment for England.

Well done: Ashley Young surprised the Sweden defenders with a new approach

Well done: Ashley Young surprised the Sweden defenders with a new approach

Keep an eye out

Keep your eye out for how many players who pulled out injured last night will be hopping around, playing for their clubs this weekend.

I can't believe playing for England means so little to some.

I liked it that the England manager, Roy Hodgson, didn't make wholesale changes at half-time.

It gave the three starting debutants a chance to spread their wings.

It was only when the changes were made that England were opened up.

My sympathies to Ryan Shawcross. He had to face the unstoppable Zlatan.

London 2012 Olympics: Tom Stalker – from stealing cars to boxing captain

In 2003 Tom was stealing cars in Liverpool… now he is Team GB's boxing captain

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UPDATED:

20:38 GMT, 25 July 2012


Changed man: Tom Stalker has gone from a life of crime to Olympic boxer

Changed man: Tom Stalker has gone from a life of crime to the brink of Olympic boxing in nine years

Tom Stalker knew his life was about to change when he heard the police dogs and saw the helicopter but he had no idea how much.

His problem was the tall grass. Stalker and his mate had ditched the stolen Range Rover in an industrial estate near Southport and were trying to get away on foot across a field.

‘The whole thing was just awful,’ he says. ‘It was a nightmare. We’d taken the car in Southport and a police car turned up. I guess we didn’t really think because we didn’t stop and then there was a chase.

‘We tried to get away by leaving the car and running across the field but it was awful. I kept falling over in the grass and couldn’t get away. I just kept tripping. There were police on both sides of the field and dogs and a helicopter. It was bad.

‘The feeling was horrible. When they got me and I was taken in I thought I was finished.’

That was in 2003; one year after he
started taking cars at a rate of two a week. Today, this 28-year-old
from one of the most deprived parts of Liverpool is the captain of Team
GB’s best ever boxing squad and is the world’s No 1 amateur fighter at
light-welterweight.

He is a southpaw like his idol, Joe
Calzaghe, and a slick technician who isn’t afraid to manoeuvre his lanky
frame inside and have a tear-up. But he was the boy who ‘left school
without passing a single exam’ at 16 and knows where he would most
likely be if it wasn’t for an unexpected sentence that kick-started an
extraordinary string of events.

Olympics 2012

‘The judge saved me that day,’ Stalker says. ‘He said I was lucky it was my first offence and didn’t send me down. I was so lucky.’

He isn’t just talking about his day in court. ‘It was my turning point,’ he says. ‘So much changed in one year. I mean, I was in a mess.

‘I was happy-go-lucky in school. I
always went but I was no good. I never got expelled or got in real
trouble but I didn’t pass one exam so I left at 16 (in 2000).

‘People
don’t get what that’s like. You leave with nothing, you know You get
out of school and you’re like, “What am I meant to do now” I know it’s
what everyone says, but I was bored. I used to look out my window and be
angry inside because I didn’t have anything to do.

‘I
started hanging around in Huyton — where I’m from — with these mates
I’d had years before and after a while I started doing the stuff they
were doing.’

Sometimes it was drugs and quite often it was taking cars.

Inspiration: Stalker transformed his ways after the passing of his grandmother

Inspiration: Stalker transformed his ways after the passing of his grandmother

‘I’d
take a car and you’d get this buzz,’ Stalker says. ‘I’m ashamed to say
it, but at the time it was exciting and I didn’t have that. We’d sell
them and then go out on the weekend, do drugs and whatever. I’d never
been caught until I took the Range Rover.

‘It shook me up. That was a let-off. But it was just after, when my nan died, that I really started thinking.

‘I was really close with my nan — she had 21 grandkids but I was probably the closest to her. Before she died I didn’t go see her as much as I should have, because I was doing bad stuff.

‘If I’d gone round she would have known — she would have had the instinct to know I was doing things.

‘I will never forget the funeral. I decided I was not going that way any more. I didn’t want to be that sort of person. I wasn’t brought up like that, my nan would have hated seeing me that way.’

One of his first steps was to follow his two younger brothers to the local gym.

Skipper: Stalker will lead the British boxing team at the London Games

Skipper: Stalker will lead the British boxing team at the London Games

‘They took up boxing about six months
before me,’ he says. ‘I only had my first fight when I was about 19. For
a year I couldn’t throw a punch — honestly, I was terrible — but I
loved being in the gym. All of a sudden you have something to go for in
life, you know’

His focus was about to be sharpened by the birth of his first daughter later that year. ‘That was it,’ he says. ‘Changed man. I was on my way before and having Ellie Louise with Rachel (his girlfriend of 11 years) was another reason to behave. We had a second daughter (Scarlett) this year and I just feel so happy — I don’t have any of that anger inside now.’

He adds: ‘Sometimes I can’t believe all the stuff that happened in 2003 — or what’s happened since.’

Rather a lot has happened. A World Championship bronze medal in 2011 was preceded by a European Union Championship gold, two European Championship silvers and a gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Rob McCracken, the team’s performance director, calls him ‘the perfect role model’.

Not so long ago, he was giving a talk to MPs about how boxing changed his life. Usually it’s children he addresses. ‘Sometimes I think about what could have happened to me,’ he says. ‘I could be in jail. I know a few people who are. It’s so weird that all those things happened so close to each other and now I’m going for an Olympic gold medal.’

Fate ‘I’d feel silly saying it’s destiny for me to win gold, although everything that’s happened has started me believing in fate and all that. I just desperately hope I win, but I know deep down it’s an achievement getting this far.’

That’s some understatement.

Scott Harrison arrested over alleged theft

Shamed Harrison arrested over suspected supermarket theft…days before ring return

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UPDATED:

13:17 GMT, 22 March 2012

Former world champion Scott Harrison has been arrested in connection with an alleged theft at a supermarket in Glasgow.

The 34-year-old and another man were taken in by police after allegedly stealing food from a Tesco store in Dalmarncok Road, Rutherglen in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

A witness told the Daily Record: 'Two men were shouting and swearing, even at each other, and although the store was in no way busy at 2.30 in the morning, other customers were keeping their heads down.

Back in the day: Scott Harrison was a featherweight world champion

Back in the day: Scott Harrison was a featherweight world champion

‘They were opening food packets and helping themselves while shouting at staff and other customers.’

Harrison has not fought since 2005 but was due to make his comeback in Blackpool next week after claiming earlier this month to have beaten the booze.

He became WBO featherweight champion in 2002, lost to Manuel Medina the following July but regained the title in November 2003.

Out the game: Harrison had planned a comeback fight in Blackpool

Out the game: Harrison had planned a comeback fight in Blackpool

The Scot has had problems with depression and alcohol and was stripped of his title and licence to box in 2006 after failing to make the weight for a fight with Nicky Cook.

A police spokeswoman said: ‘At around 2.20am a 34-year-old man was arrested in connection with an alleged theft and public order offences at Dalmarnock Road, Rutherglen. Another 34-year-old man was arrested for alleged road traffic offences and detained.’

Harrison was released after a few hours in custody.