Zlatan rules out playing in World Cup, says Swedish FA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Swedish FA: 'Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be in Russia with Sweden'

28 April, 2018

Sweden's all-time record goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimović will not be making a comeback for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, the Swedish FA have confirmed. He said that he has not changed his mind regarding the national squad.

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, who retired from global competition after Euro 2016, represented Sweden in the World Cup in 2002 and in 2006.

National manager Lars Richt has made it clear that Ibrahimovic is not applicable to the World Cup squad Janne Andersson will present on May 15th.

"I spoke with Zlatan on Tuesday".

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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 you rejected the team, I do not think you should come back".

But in a statement published on the Swedish men's football team's official Instagram page yesterday, national selectors said: "A final message: Zlatan will not play at the World Cup". I respect what he said and those who said "yes".

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

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