Zlatan Ibrahimovic does what he wants.
The Manchester United striker has disappeared off the map a bit in the last six months since that horror knee injury last April.
He’s still a looming presence though, ready to help reignite United’s title challenge when he returns from injury around Christmas time.
But after Sweden qualified for next summer’s World Cup with a dramatic play-off victory over Italy, everyone is asking Ibrahimovic the same question.
Would he consider coming out of retirement to represent his country for a final swansong on the biggest stage of all?
Zlatan officially hung up his international boots after Euro 2016, when Sweden crashed out in the group stages.
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Could Zlatan play at the World Cup?
- Retired after Euro 2016
- Scored 62 goals in 116 appearances for Sweden
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But there’s a reason why it’s still an outside chance of happening.
Despite Ibrahimovic dropping hints of a return to the fold with his typically entitled congratulatory tweet to his former team-mates, the Sweden manager Janne Andersson isn’t exactly his biggest fan.
After they clinched their spot in Russia following a 0-0 second leg draw in Milan, Andersson was immediately questioned about the prospect of a return for Ibrahimovic.
And it royally cheesed him off.
He said: “This is incredible! This player [Ibrahimovic] has just stopped to play with Sweden one year and a half ago and we are still here talking about him.
“Gosh, we need to talk about the great players we have in this team I believe.”
But, as always in football, you can never say never.