Zlatan Ibrahimovic on La Galaxy debut

Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Sweden vs England in the World Cup quarter-final

Zlatan scores another brilliant goal!

As his former Sweden international team mates prepare to face England in the World Cup quarter-final, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was in MLS action on Wednesday evening.

LA Galaxy played DC United, who were without new signing Wayne Rooney.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring with a fine goal on 5 minutes played, converting a volley at the back post.

LA Galaxy would eventually lose a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with DC United in the MLS.

The former Barcelona, AC Milan and Manchester United striker has now claimed 10 goals in 13 MLS appearances for the LA Galaxy.

Watch Zlatan’s brilliant strike for LA Galaxy vs DC United – video

Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Sweden vs England

As is now well known, Sweden have very much moved on without Zlatan and they are a defensive side without a major star in their ranks.

Sweden should not be underestimated at all as they have effectively seen off Holland, Italy, Germany and Switzerland to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

Like many sides before them, the absence of their star player appears to have galvanised the team as a collective.

After LA Galaxy’s 2-2 draw with DC United, Zlatan spoke to leading Swedish newspaper Expressen about the World Cup quarter-final versus England.

The 36-year-old was unsurprisingly backing Sweden to beat England: “Just to continue what they’ve done in the World Cup so far. They are hard to meet and difficult to score. If they can continue, Sweden has a good chance.”

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BRIGEVIEW, IL – APRIL 14: at Toyota Park on April 14, 2018 in Bridgeview, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Imges)

Zlatan: “Sweden can become world champion”

Zlatan continued: “But now it’s not just about how good you are. Now there are a lot of emotions in the picture, because it’s about quarterfinals. The team that can handle their feelings best will have an advantage.”

Towards the end of the Mixed Zone meeting with journalists, Zlatan added: “I am Swedish and I believe in Sweden against England. Then we’ll see what David Beckham says when I talk to him, haha.”

When asked if Sweden can win the World Cup, Zlatan in true style was not downplaying their chances: “Yes, I think Sweden can become world champion, just like I said before the World Cup started. They beat Mexico, which was strong, and then they defeated Switzerland as well. So they have had success, as nobody thought they would use.”

Zlatan continued: “But they believe in themselves and have a strong sense within the group. Hopefully they can continue with it. Now it’s England on Saturday and we’re all there with our full support behind them. All Swedes in the world are proud of our national team and they will continue to be proud no matter how it goes.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s latest Instagram post:

We are ready #swevsswiss #vmguld #nopressure #letsgo

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