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Zlatan reminds Europe of his worth as Inter win scudetto

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had been out injured for a month and a half, about the time Inter Milan had managed to flitter away an 11-point lead in Serie A.

On Sunday the Swede climbed off the bench to bag both goals in a 2-0 win at Parma which relegated the hosts and gave Inter their 16th scudetto and third in a row on the last day of the season.

A few months ago we asked why Ibrahimovic did not have the kudos of some of Europe’s other top strikers. With Euro 2008 to come, maybe the Swede is beginning to change opinions.

Inter coach Roberto Mancini did not talk to reporters after Inter’s triumph, sparking fresh speculation he would not be continuing at the San Siro. Is Zlatan Jose Mourinho’s sort of player?

Which players will be missed most at Euro 2008?

AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf has pulled out of the provisional Dutch squad for Euro 2008 after falling out with coach Marco van Basten.

That got me thinking about other top players who won’t be in Austria and Switzerland in June. Mark van Bommel said a while back he wouldn’t play for Holland under Van Basten but Ruud van Nistelrooy is back after patching things up with the coach.

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