Zlatan Ibrahimovic not part of Sweden's World Cup plans

Zlatan Ibrahimovic not part of Sweden's World Cup plans

While Zlatan has not yet confirmed he'll be joining the Sweden squad at the World Cup, he did confirm he'll be in Russian Federation for the tournament.

However, after Blågult shocked Europe by ousting Italy for a place in Russian Federation, the former Manchester United striker flirted with the idea of returning for a final World Cup swansong.

He was interviewed on an American chat show, where he said: 'I just said I'm going to the World Cup.

The 36-year-old has dropped a number of hints over the past week that he will consider coming out of global retirement to play a part in Russian Federation, however, suggesting that there is a "sky high" chance of him being involved.

"Of course, the coach will have to make a decision on this matter, though it is true that we managed to qualify for the tournament without him", he told Main Opposée.

'But what the media is speculating about and what Zlatan himself is talking about, I can not relate to that. For example, when he was recently asked if he could help the development of sawker in the U.S., he responded that "I have my wife, I got my two kids".


Andersson stated Ibrahimovic has not called him to discuss World Cup participation and was clear when asked whether the forward was part of Sweden's plans. "Those who are included are those who have said "yes".

Ibrahimovic, who is now turning out in MLS with the LA Galaxy, has stated on a regular basis that he will be part of the Sweden side if he wants to be.

'With Zlatan, as a person, as a player he's an individualist, and the play goes around him. I am sure he would play very well but he's a player who need the team to function around him, like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Two days after the above interview, he produced a wild quote about how he could improve the state of USA "soccer" right now and he suggested the most Zlatan way ever.

"I don't know if the coach wants such a big change, because he'll have to change the whole system of how he wants to play".

Ibrahimovic said last month he wanted to concentrate on settling into his career in Major League Soccer before thinking about the World Cup.

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