Sweden will be going to the World Cup next summer, but it looks increasingly likely that Zlatan Ibrahimovic won’t be joining them.
The striker retired after Sweden’s last match of Euro 2016, but has hinted he could return to the national team after they secured passage to Russia.
And in typical Zlatan style, the maverick striker made it all about himself:
Hmm, it certainly looks like Ibra is hinting at a possible comeback to international football, doesn’t it?
But according to a survey conducted by Swedish research consultancy Demoskop for news outlet Expressen, 63% of Swedish football fans would rather not see the Manchester United striker return to the side for the upcoming World Cup.
Sweden certainly produced one of the biggest shocks of qualifying by beating Holland to the runner’s-up spot in Group A, before getting the better of Italy in play-off round.
The subject of Zlatan’s return dominated the news conference after the game, which clearly irritated Sweden head coach Janne Andersson.
“This is incredible! This player has just stopped to play with Sweden one year and a half ago and we are still here talking about him,” Andersson said.
“Gosh, we need to talk about the great players we have in this team I believe.”
Former Sweden striker Kennet Andersson – who was part of the Sweden side that finished third in the 1994 World Cup, also weighed in, saying: “I really do not care if Zlatan is on the pitch, on the stands or bench.
“In all teams, the best squad takes place in a national team, and it definitely does not have to be the best players, but it is the best players to do the best for the team.
“I want to see the best team.
“I do not care about a player, it’s the team that applies and I fully trust Janne to come to the right decision. ”
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