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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's World Cup return ruled out by Sweden

April 26,2018 18:18

LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be coming out of international retirement to represent Sweden at this summer's World Cup, the nation's football association has announced. Ibrahimovic, who retired from international competition after Euro ...


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LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be coming out of international retirement to represent Sweden at this summer's World Cup, the nation's football association has announced.
Ibrahimovic, who retired from international competition after Euro 2016, represented Sweden in the World Cup in 2002 and in 2006.
The 36-year-old striker, who moved to LA Galaxy from Manchester United last month, has frequently hinted at a desire to end that retirement after Sweden defeated Italy in a playoff to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 12 years.
However, a statement from the Svenska Fotbollforbundet (SvFF) released on Thursday ruled out any chance of a return for Ibrahimovic.
"Zlatan Ibrahimovic has previously said no to playing for the national team -- and he hasn't changed his mind. 'I talked to Zlatan on Tuesday. He told me he hasn't changed his mind regarding playing for the national team -- it's still a no,' says Lars Richt [sporting director].
"Zlatan Ibrahimovic is therefore, for the same reason as previous national team gatherings, not a candidate for the World Cup squad that coach Janne Andersson will present on May 15.

Herrlandslagets meste målskytt genom tiderna har inte ändrat sig och kommer alltså inte att spela VM. Läs mer på svenskfotboll.se #viärsverige
A post shared by Sweden Men's National Team. (@swemnt) on Apr 26, 2018 at 5:15am PDT

MLS will observe a nine-day break during the World Cup, from the opening match on June 14 running through June 22. The Galaxy resume play at the San Jose Earthquakes on June 30.

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