Spurs star Vertonghen says he wants to end Ibrahimovic's Sweden career

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The two former Ajax stars are set to face each other when Belgium take on Sweden, in what could be Zlatan's last international match.

Sweden's Zlatan IbrahimovicSweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Tottenham and Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen has given some pretty strong words on his country's approach to what could be Zlatan Ibrahimovic's last international match, in quotes appearing in FourFourTwo.

Vertonghen, who has been playing left back for his country rather than his preferred position of central defence, revealed that despite his appreciation of the Paris Saint-Germain striker, who announced earlier on Tuesday that he would be retiring once Sweden's European Championships were over, he hopes the forward's tournament is ended on Wednesday.

"I hope it will be Ibra's last game for Sweden," Vertonghen is quoted as saying by FourFourTwo.

Republic of Ireland's John O'Shea in action with Belgium's Jan VertonghenRepublic of Ireland's John O'Shea in action with Belgium's Jan Vertonghen

"I have a lot of respect for him and for his career. I remember Ibra from when I joined Ajax. He was a top player for Ajax.

"I think Sweden will fight for their last chance, and not necessarily for Zlatan. I have nothing but respect for him.

"But we hope to end his Sweden career. He has had a big career, but I am selfish now and won't think about his Sweden career."

Though of course the defender is purely focused on helping his country achieve his goals, this is often the kind of provocation Ibrahimovic has thrived on in the past.

Euro 2016 - Sweden News ConferenceEuro 2016 - Sweden News Conference

Vertonghen was emerging from the Amsterdam club's famous youth team while the striker was shining as a confident young attacker at the Dutch giants. By the time the centre back made his debut, Ibrahimovic had already taken in a spell at Juventus.

The two former Ajax stars may end up facing each other on more than once over the course of the next few months. They are of course very likely to face each other when Belgium and Sweden meet, but with reports of Zlatan Ibrahimovic being set for a move to Manchester United over the summer according to the likes of the Mirror, the Spurs defender could have at least a couple more encounters with the enigmatic forward.

Vertonghen should be careful though, Ibrahimovic is well known for his ego and his confidence, but such is his quality, it wouldn't be a surprise for the Swede to help the 29-year-old eat his words at some point.

Spurs fans will just be hoping it won't be during a Premier League match.

Tottenham's Jan VertonghenTottenham's Jan Vertonghen

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