Zlatan Ibrahimovic WON'T play for Sweden at the World Cup

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not come out of international retirement to play for Sweden at the World Cup.

The 36-year-old striker, who recently left Manchester United to join the LA Galaxy, had hinted that he might resume his 116-cap career with Sweden, having retired from international duty two years ago.

But in a statement published on the Swedish men's football team's official Instagram page on Thursday, national selectors said: "A final message: Zlatan will not play at the World Cup.

"The men's national team's greatest scorer of all time has not returned and will not play."

National team manager Lars Richt said on svenskfotboll.se: "I talked to Zlatan on Tuesday. He said that he has not changed his mind about the national team - it is a no."

Ibrahimovic, who has also played for the likes of Juventus, Barcelona and Paris St Germain, went to the 2002 and 2006 tournaments and scored 62 goals for Sweden across more than a century of appearances.

Earlier this month Ibrahimovic tweeted his belief that his chances of featuring in Russia this summer were "skyhoga", meaning sky high, and he later appeared on the 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' talk show to claim: "I'm going to the World Cup, yes."

On Wednesday he posted a video on Twitter which portrayed him coolly observing an incoming phone call from 'Janne' - potentially referring to Sweden head coach Janne Andersson.

Sweden, who beat Italy in a qualifying play-off to reach the finals, are in the same group as world champions Germany, Mexico and South Korea.

- PA


Related Articles

Russian security agency claims drone attacks thwarted at World Cup

‘Hero’ pilot killed in Leicester helicopter crash was ‘living the dream’

Ireland interested in joint bid to host 2030 World Cup

Ireland set to join bid to host the 2030 World Cup

More in this Section

Damien Duff takes coaching role at Celtic

The Big Interview: Rally legend Rosemary Smith on a life of thrills and spills on and off road

Munster can take giant leap towards last eight

Questions for delegates to consider at Cork's GAA convention in €110m Páirc Uí Chaoimh


Lifestyle

Lindsay Woods: At a time of year when the pace is frenzied and days are full of school plays and deadlines, the chance to break from routine is a welcome one

On the red carpet: Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger and Cheryl

Raise a glass to Christmas festivities

The best festive desserts to try out this Christmas

More From The Irish Examiner