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England are set to take on Sweden in the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Saturday and the fans will be hoping that the Three Lions can reach their first semi-final since 1990.

Before the match, a series of former players and pundits have chosen their favourite team with the likes of Sven Goran-Eriksson pitching for a Swedish win while most of the former England players are rooting for their home time.

But amongst all this, a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic is making a different kind of statement – much like he always does.

Surely, the Sweden legend will be rooting for his country but before the game, he has chosen to make a deal with former England Legend David Beckham.

Apart from being rivals, Zlatan and Beckham go back a long way with the latter spending the twilight of his footballing career at PSG the same time when Zlatan was playing with the club.

And now the big Swede is playing for LA Galaxy in the MLS, a club where David Beckham has also spent some part of his footballing career.

Then, of course, there’s the famed Manchester United connection too.

So on Friday, Ibrahimovic sent out a tweet in which he offered David Beckham to buy dinner wherever he wanted – if England managed to secure a victory.

But if Sweden were to come out on top the former English winger will have to buy Zlatan whatever he wanted from IKEA.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic wrote: “Yo @davidbeckham if @England wins I buy you dinner where ever you want in the world, but if Sweden wins you buy me whatever I want from @IKEASverige ok?”

But David Beckham is known to be a man with a funny side so he was not about to take this lying down.

In reply to Zlatan’s tweet, Beckham wrote that he will buy the Swede whatever he wanted from IKEA, in case of a Swedish victory.

But if the Three Lions win, then Zlatan will have to come to Wembley to watch an England game wearing an England jersey and then eat fish and chips at half-time.

David Beckham wrote on Instagram: “@iamzlatanibrahimovic if @swemnt win I will personally take you to @ikeasverige and buy you whatever you need for the new mansion in LA @lagalaxy, but when @england win I want you to come watch an @england game at Wembley wearing an England shirt and enjoy fish & chips at halftime.”

Zlatan and Beckham banter
Zlatan and Beckham banter

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