There was much talk that the player could make a sensational return ahead of the World Cup this summer.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be turning out for the Swedish national team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia the Swedish FA have confirmed.
This comes after the player suggested on a popular US talk show with Jimmy Kimmel that he would be there.
“I am going to the World Cup, yes,” he explained when asked about the competition.
“I just said I am going to the World Cup. If I just say more, people will hang me. So I have to be careful what I say now.”
‘A World Cup without me wouldn’t be a World Cup.’
Now, the Swedish FA have released a statement, with FA chief Lars Richt confirming there will be no Zlatan this summer.
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“I talked to Zlatan on Tuesday,” he explained.
“He announced that he did not change the national team game – it is no.”
Richt isn’t the only one involved in the Swedish national team that has been talking about Zlatan.
Manager Janne Andersson confirmed that Zlatan would not be coming back into his plans.
Ibrahimovic said no to the national team.’ he said.
‘He was not going to be in the team after the European Championship, and I respected him.
‘If you rejected the team, I do not think you should come back. I respect what he said and those who said “yes”.
‘[Ibrahimovic] has not called me, but he’s definitely not included in the plans for the World Cup.’