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Sweden rule out Zlatan World Cup return

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not feature in 2018 football World Cup Swedish federation confirms Jonathon Nackstrand AFP
Jan Ortega | 28 April, 2018, 10:51

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be coming out of his global retirement to participate in the FIFA World Cup 2018, Russian Federation the Swedish FA confirmed on Thursday.

Known for his swagger, Zlatan said "it wouldn't be a World Cup" if he didn't play, adding, "I'm going to the World Cup, yes".

Ibrahimovic made a decision to retire from worldwide football following Sweden's failure to get out of the group stage at Euro 2016. 'I talked to Zlatan on Tuesday.

Speculation about the 36-year-old, who retired from the national team after the 2016 European Championships in France, has been red-hot in recent weeks following his stunning debut for MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy after leaving Manchester United.

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

He said: "I have obviously been intensively courted by betting companies throughout my career, but up until now I have not been presented to anything that has triggered me. And at the moment I have other things to do than to think about what would be if..."

Janne Andersson, head coach of the national team then responded to the ongoing self-inclusion of the former AC Milan striker and the FA manager Lars Richt has now reiterated the statement.

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