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Belgium have no room for sentiment for Ibrahimovic's retirement

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 00:57

Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen says the team will not be swayed or distracted by Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic's announcement that he will retire from international soccer at the end of Euro 2016 as the two teams prepare for their Group E match

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SHOWS: NICE, FRANCE (JUNE 21, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BELGIUM DEFENDER, JAN VERTONGHEN, SAYING: "I think not just for Zlatan, but just for Sweden it's the last chance tomorrow to go through the group stage. So they will try everything, they will have to try and score. So that might be in our advantage as well. And obviously lots of respect for Zlatan as a player, he started his career at Ajax, obviously in Sweden first, but after in Ajax. So there is certain connection. So lots of respect for him, but hopefully it will be his last game for Sweden." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BELGIUM DEFENDER, JAN VERTONGHEN, SAYING: "No, that's football. He had a big career and lots of respect for his career, but I am very selfish tomorrow." STORY: Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen told a news conference on Tuesday (June 21) that he has no room for sentiment and is hoping that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play his last game for Sweden when he faces them at Euro 2016 on Wednesday. Ibrahimovic will bring the curtain down on his Sweden career after their last game at the tournament - which will be on Wednesday if they lose to the Belgians. For their own part, Belgium need a draw to guarantee a top-two finish in Group E behind Italy. "I think not just for Zlatan, but just for Sweden it's the last chance tomorrow to go through the group stage. So they will try everything, they will have to try and score. So that might be in our advantage as well. And obviously lots of respect for Zlatan as a player, he started his career at Ajax, obviously in Sweden first, but after in Ajax. So there is certain connection. So lots of respect for him, but hopefully it will be his last game for Sweden, " Vertonghen told reporters. "He had a big career and lots of respect for his career, but I am very selfish tomorrow."

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Belgium have no room for sentiment for Ibrahimovic's retirement

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 00:57