Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to Sweden’s squad after an nearly five-year hiatus to play in World Cup qualifiers on the finish of March, head coach Janne Andersson mentioned on Tuesday. The participant, recognized for his not-so-humble methods, additionally introduced his personal return, posting an image of himself on Instagram within the Swedish workforce package with the caption “The return of the God”. The highly-anticipated announcement comes simply three months earlier than the European Championship in June-July. The 39-year-old AC Milan striker retired from the Swedish squad after the 2016 European Championship, with 116 caps and 62 worldwide targets.
Media had speculated about Ibrahimovic’s attainable return to the nationwide workforce, however the Swedish Soccer Affiliation had refused to remark till Tuesday, when he was introduced among the many gamers chosen for the qualifiers towards Georgia on March 25 and Kosovo on March 28, in addition to a pleasant towards Estonia on March 31.
Ibrahimovic has been nursing a muscle harm currently however hopes to return to the pitch on Thursday when Milan face his former membership, Manchester United, within the Europa League spherical of 16.
‘Not finished but’
The Swede has made headlines over time with cheeky hints that he may very well be returning to the Swedish workforce.
However issues took a extra critical flip final autumn when, after being awarded Sweden’s Footballer of the Yr award for an astonishing twelfth time in late November, he mentioned that he missed enjoying for the workforce.
“The one who doesn’t miss it, he has already completed his profession. And I’ve not completed my profession,” he informed Swedish each day Aftonbladet.
Ibrahimovic and coach Janne Andersson then met for talks.
Andersson informed reporters Tuesday: “I believe we’ll be a greater workforce with Zlatan, that is why he was chosen.”
And in a press release he developed that thought, saying the towering 1.95m (6foot 4in) ahead had been chosen “initially as a result of he is an excellent soccer participant, the perfect we have ever had in Sweden.”
“So it is after all nice that he needs to come back again. Along with what he can contribute on the pitch, he has a great deal of expertise and can even share that with different gamers on the workforce,” he added.
With out “Ibra”, Sweden reached the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals and certified instantly for Euro 2020, which has been postponed to June-July 2021 as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.
Within the first spherical Sweden will face Spain, Poland and Slovakia in Group E. Andersson mentioned he would announce the squad for the Euro in Could.
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