David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic agree World Cup wager

Albin Ekdal celebrates Sweden's victory over Switzerland in the Fifa World Cup round of 16

Albin Ekdal celebrates Sweden's victory over Switzerland in the Fifa World Cup round of 16

And they've clearly remained close because Beckham played a role in convincing Ibrahimovic to join current club LA Galaxy earlier this year.

The quarterfinals of this World Cup has seen an unbalanced draw, which has made one side quite light compared to the other.

With just a four-day turnaround to facing Sweden in Samara, though, England have little time to replenish their energy. They could cope comfortably with two defenders, I don't think they've got anything to concern us going forward.

Beckham promptly replied to the call-out, stating that he would buy Ibrahimovic whatever he needs for his "new mansion in LA" if Sweden win, but the 36-year-old striker would have to go to an England game in a shirt and "enjoy fish and chips" at half-time. The stakes, therefore, are high as Gareth Southgate's boys prepare for the quarter-final match tomorrow. "If England wins I buy you dinner wherever you want in the world, but if Sweden wins you buy me whatever I want from Ikea. OK?"

"Sometimes they can throw you, these teams. They wouldn't be where they are if they weren't".

Despite the absence of talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden have been one of the surprise packages of the tournament after topping a group containing Mexico and Germany and then beating Switzerland in the last 16. "You won't find a better team - Sweden are world champions of team spirit".

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Happy to sacrifice possession, defend deep and wait for their opportunity on the counter-attack, they will let England have most of the ball.

"If you look at the games we have played, the opponent has had more ball possession than we have, but we have created more chances, more risky chances", Granqvist said.

"England have not scored enough goals from open play - even against Panama it was one great goal from Jesse Lingard and one deflected shot off Harry's heel".

Both David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are millionaires many times over but that doesn't mean that they don't like making matches more interesting. "This is how we play. this is our way to have success".

"We have huge respect for Sweden", said Southgate. Here we look at two key battles that could prove decisive in this game.

"England are favourites, yes, of course they are but we don't mind".

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