Wes Hoolahan warning went unheeded for Norwich City team mate Martin Olsson
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Wes Hoolahan's starring role for the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016 came as no surprise to Martin Olsson.
The Swedish left-back revealed his pre-match warnings went unheeded after Hoolahan's clinical strike opened the scoring in Monday's Group E 1-1 draw between the two countries at the Stade de France.
Olsson's side responded when Ciaran Clark diverted Zlatan Ibrahimovic's cross past his own keeper, but the Canaries' defender admitted Hoolahan deserved his top billing in Paris.
'Wes was very good, but I see that from him every day in training, so I wasn't surprised,' said Olsson. 'I told the others that he was a player we had to watch out for, and he showed it. We are still a little annoyed. Everyone knows that we should have done it much better. We woke up after their goal, but it was a little too late. We should have started the game that way.
'The first half wasn't like us and we have to try to improve for the next game. We need to keep the ball a bit better, getting on the ball and moving for each other. Every game is important here, whether it is the first one or not and we had a big chance to get three points.'
Sweden now face Italy, who beat Belgium 2-0 on Monday night, in their next Group E fixture of the tournament and Olsson knows much of the focus will again be on his country's talisman, Ibrahimovic.
'The team tries to help him as much as possible, but perhaps he didn't receive as much (against the Republic). We have proved before what we can do as a team,' he said.
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'Italy got a good result against a good team like Belgium and is one of the favourites to advance. If we raise ourselves and play like after Ireland's goal it can go our way.'