Zlatan slammed on social media following 'arrogant' tweet about Sweden

Zlatan slammed on social media following 'arrogant' tweet about Sweden

Ibrahimovic has not appeared for Sweden since their group-stage exit at Euro 2016, and played no part in their successful 2018 World Cup qualification campaign.

A tearful Gianluigi Buffon quit global football as four-time champions Italy sensationally missed out on their first World Cup finals in 60 years after a playoff defeat to Sweden.

'We failed with our aim which could have also been really important on a social level.

The defeat represents the end of a generation with Andrea Barzagli, 36, and 34-year-old midfielder Daniele de Rossi, who also lifted the 2006 World Cup, also retiring from internationals, along with Buffon's Juventus team-mate Giorgio Chiellini. "I say thanks to everyone, I don't want to steal the spotlight from anyone", said Buffon. "For those of us that are older, this is probably the last chance to play at a World Cup, so to succeed in these circumstances is an unbelievable joy".

"Do you feel like coming on?" he asked. Let us return to being the Italy that the entire world envied! "I have not yet spoken to the president", said Ventura. "Sometimes it seems simple but it's only because it's him".

A true workhorse, he has constantly progressed technically and has lost nearly none of his extraordinary physical capabilities.

Berg had little opportunity to shine in a match dominated by the Italians, with Sweden enjoying just 25 per cent of possession and four shots to Gli Azzurri's 23.

He made it all about himself.

Ibrahimovic, 36, retired from worldwide football after Euro 2016 and coach Janne Andersson was annoyed to be asked about whether the striker might return for the finals in Russian Federation immediately after the play-off win.

"Look at some of the older players who felt that this was the last chance to make it to a World Cup - and now we did it".

"I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including Gigio Donnarumma and (Genoa 'keeper) Mattia Perin".

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