Sweden confirm Zlatan Ibrahimovic won't play at this summer's World Cup

Tanya Simon
April 27, 2018

The LA Galaxy striker, who quit the Swedish national team after Euro 2016, had hinted recently that he could be prepared to return for the upcoming tournament in Russian Federation, but those hopes now appear to be dashed.

As is his wont, Ibrahimovic kept stirring the pot by repeatedly stating he could return to the fold for the World Cup without even phoning ahead if he wanted to.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be coming out of retirement to play for Sweden at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. He told me he hasn't changed his mind regarding playing for the national team - it's still a no.

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The former Manchester United striker has been an immediate hit with the Galaxy by scoring three goals in his first four MLS games. "Said he wants to return to the team, but it's not so", - quotes the words of RICHT official website of the Football Association of Sweden. "If I say more, people will hang me so I have to be careful what I say now".

The 36-year-old who last played at a World Cup with Sweden in 2006, retired from the Swedish team after the 2016 European Championship. "I'm going to the World Cup, yes". But that talk has been squashed by Lars Richt, head of the Swedish FA. "When he has made his decision he is welcome to call me and talk with me about it".

The FIFA World Cup, which will be hosted across 8 venues, later this year is slated to get underway on June 14.

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