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David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic agree World Cup wager

07 July 2018, 01:12 | Myron Mathis

Thousands of ticket for England vs Sweden are yet to be sold Credit reuters

Empty seats at the World Cup

Ahead of England's World Cup quarter-final with Sweden on Saturday, Ibrahimovic has proposed a bet with Beckham to add an extra element of excitement to the game in Samara.

"We've worked really hard and we've shown that we really work for each other, we fight for each other and we do it as a collective". "All the Swedes in the world are proud of our national team and they will continue to be proud, regardless of how it goes", Ibra said.

Swedish great Ibrahimovic who now plays in the USA, challenged the former England captain on Friday to a wager on the outcome of Saturdays England v Sweden game. Sweden has also held their opponents scoreless in three out of four of their games, and they'll be looking to do the same to England this weekend. His fantastic displays from the left side of Sweden's attack has been the characteristic of his gameplay, as he has done so at club level, which has seen him linked with many top clubs.

England has struggled to score against defensively capable teams at World Cup 2018, and Sweden might be its stiffest test yet in that sense. Sweden's strength is their organisation at the back, but England have got the players to open them up, especially out wide, and I can see them getting some joy when they come forward. "The team that can handle their feelings best will have an advantage", he said.

"We are there to push them". Here we look at two key battles that could prove decisive in this game.

But why is Zlatan Ibrahimovic not playing against England today?

Sky News' senior correspondent David Bowden, who is on the ground in Samara, bumped into two German fans who had only bought tickets for the quarter-final six months ago because, in their own words, they were "arrogant" to assume the 2014 champions, who were knocked out in the group stages, would get this far.

The Daily Telegraph: "After winning a World Cup match via a penalty shoot-out, we are officially daring to dream".

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