Sweden announces Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not return for World Cup

Posted April 28, 2018

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not form part of Sweden's 23-man squad for the World Cup, the head of the country's football association has said. It read, "Zlatan Ibrahimovic has previously refused to play in the national team - and he has not changed".

Speaking last week, Anderson said he had not spoken to Ibrahimovic about a return but insisted the final decision on the squad would be his.

Ibrahimovic chose to retire from global football following Sweden's failure to get out of the group stage at Euro 2016. "He was not going to be in the team after the European Championship, and I respected him".

"I think Sweden is favourite to win the World Cup because they are better without Zlatan".

Earlier, the 36-yer-old who is plying his trade for the LA Galaxy in the MLS had claimed in his ever-animated manner that there can not be any World Cup without Zlatan. "If I say more, people will hang me so I have to be careful what I say now".

The former Manchester United striker has been an immediate hit with the Galaxy by scoring three goals in his first four MLS games.

Swedish national coach Lars Richt told the Swedish FA's website: "I spoke to Zlatan on Tuesday".

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