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Zlatan Ibrahimovic loses England-Sweden bet to David Beckham

Zlatan Ibrahimovic loses England-Sweden bet to David Beckham

"In the first half I wasn't as sharp or as good on the ball as I should have been, but you have those games and thankfully the team played so well".

Maguire met up with the same group after the win over Panama, recreating the photo, and those same pals will have been delighted to see him net his first global goal. "The fans at home, I'm sure we'll see some videos tonight of them enjoying it".

Like several of his team-mates Alli has experienced life away from football's top table and was plying his trade with MK Dons during the last World Cup.

They then topped their group, which included Germany, Mexico and South Korea, before beating Switzerland in the round of 16.

The winning goal from Maguire of Leicester City arrived just on 30 minutes, and it was another textbook set piece for England.

"I was going to say if we go two penalty kicks we'll be fine, but I can't say that anymore can we", one Swedish fan said.

But he stuck to his guns and will now have an ever greater belief that trying to fit Dele, Sterling and Jesse Lingard into the same team can work.

They began solidly against England in a slow and sloppy start to the game that resembled a pre-season friendly at times, only to be outdone by a goal Sweden isn't used to conceding.

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"We knew the first goal would be crucial and they didn't really threaten us until later on in the second half where we were a bit naive and open to counter attacks".

From Southgate to captain Harry Kane and throughout the squad with their own individual stories and their superbly coached approach and their never ending teamwork and desire to play for England and do so in the right way.

Maguire and his fellow defenders - paired with a dazzling performance from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford - helped punch the ticket for the semifinals. Sterling got hold of the loose ball but his shot was deflected over. He is likely to retain his starting place for the semifinals.

Ibrahimovic, who played at two World Cups, offered to buy Beckham dinner anywhere in the world if Gareth Southgate's men stopped Sweden on their way to the semi-final.

Ambitions appeared to be thwarted for so long by a culture of entitlement as England gloried in the hype and status of being the birthplace of football without backing it up with results.

And while both teams, drinking side-by-side, were civil enough during the game. We had to score those of course but we were faced with a good team.


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