Sweden confirm Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not play at 2018 World Cup

by Leon Thompson April 28, 2018, 10:50
Sweden confirm Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not play at 2018 World Cup

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be playing on soccer's biggest stage.

Ibrahimovic suggested he would come out of worldwide retirement to represent Italy's playoff opponents in Russian Federation, but Sweden CT Janne Andersson made it clear there was no going back for the former Juventus, Milan and Inter striker, following on from his No 2 goalkeeper. "He said that he has not changed his mind about the national team - it is a no". "If he has made the decision, he can call me and talk to me about it, just like the others who retired after Euro 2016". It read, "Zlatan Ibrahimovic has previously refused to play in the national team - and he has not changed".

Andersson hasn't spoken to Ibrahimovic recently but insinuated having Ibrahimovic back on the team would have caused issues. Without him, the team is left with John Guidetti and his one career Sweden goal, two guys over 30 that aren't world beaters in Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen and a bunch of unproven players. "And at the moment I have other things to do than to think about what would be if..." "If I say more, people will hang me so I have to be careful what I say now".

Sweden open their World Cup Group F campaign against South Korea on June 18 before going on to meet Germany and Mexico. A statement on Sweden FA's official website confirmed the same.

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