Zlatan Ibrahimovic will NOT play at World Cup with Sweden

Saturday, 28 Apr, 2018

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's public flirtation and seeming committal to returning to the Swedish national team for the World Cup was a big tease. It read, "Zlatan Ibrahimovic has previously refused to play in the national team - and he has not changed".

However, in recent weeks, the idea of Ibrahimovic potentially making a shock return to the global fold for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation has prompted plenty of discussion. He had announced his retirement from the national team after Sweden's exit from the Euro 2016 in France.

Sweden open their World Cup Group F campaign against South Korea on June 18 before going on to meet Germany and Mexico. "I talked to Zlatan on Tuesday".

He said last month he wanted to concentrate on settling into his career in Major League Soccer before thinking about the World Cup.

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Sweden's manager, Janne Andersson, stressed after securing qualification that the national team needed to move away from being built around Zlatan and evolve into something else.

Andersson hasn't spoken to Ibrahimovic recently but insinuated having Ibrahimovic back on the team would have caused issues.

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