Zlatan Ibrahimovic Backs Sweden To Win The World Cup

Neymar and Brazil face Belgium in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Friday. Carlos Garcia Rawlins  Reuters

Sweden great Ibrahimovic is now playing in America for former England captain Beckham's old side LA Galaxy. "I thought the mentality and the spirit they showed in the last game [against Colombia] was fantastic".

"We're 100% going to win, it should be laugh shouldn't it?" he says. Sweden take on England on Saturday, with Croatia facing off against Russian Federation thereafter.

Granqvist's wife, Sofie, gave birth to the couple's second child, although Granqvist was not there for the happy event after she had told him to stay in Russian Federation to help Sweden's World Cup prospects. I hope tomorrow we'll reach the ultimate result that we are waiting for.

"If England think they will have an easy match on Saturday, that's a big mistake".

Didier Deschamps' team finally seems to have clicked; a 4-3 thriller against Argentina underlined their title credentials, but they'll face much sterner opposition in this Uruguay side.

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Sweden have impressed in Russian Federation despite-or perhaps because of-Zlatan Ibrahimovic's absence, with their organisation and team ethic making them a force to be reckoned with. They are really important messages for us.

"They should continue doing what they're doing", Ibrahimovic said. Their strikers are defenders when it's time to defend, and they can defend in their own box as well.

However, former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson believes that his native Sweden would be a more hard test for the Three Lions than record five-time World Cup winners Brazil.

Speaking about his Rangers team's win against Bury, Gerrard was upbeat and said both he and the squad were eagerly looking forward to the start of Europa League play and the Premiership campaign. "Hopefully we'll win again, at least our bad luck has gone and we've got through penalties now".

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