Sweden Rules Out World Cup Call-Up For Zlatan

28 April, 2018, 10:51 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's World Cup return has finally been ruled out after the striker has hinted for months that he could come out of global retirement.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic spoke to the Swedish national team from 2001 to 2016 (116 matches and 62 goals).

Recall that Ibra who played at the 2002 and 2006 editions of the competition, was touted to make a return to the side even when he called time on his global career in 2016.

Sweden's sporting director Lars Richt says Ibrahimovic has not changed his mind on worldwide retirement despite his own words.

And despite a knee injury plaguing his final season at Manchester United, he showed he still had form by netting a brilliant strike in his LA Galaxy debut last month after joining the Major League Soccer side in March.

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"I'm going to the World Cup, yes".

This statement immediately responded coach Janne Andersson of Sweden, who said that the services of a veteran does not need.

Andersson hasn't spoken to Ibrahimovic recently but insinuated having Ibrahimovic back on the team would have caused issues.

"What I wanted to say was that this was the demonstration that our collective acted like this during the whole length of the play-offs. And at the moment I have other things to do than to think about what would be if..." The Swedish FA have confirmed in a statement that the former Man United star will not be counting on for Russian Federation as he "has previously refused to play for the national team".

The LA Galaxy striker has been informed he won't be considered by Sweden.

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