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Sweden Recall Zlatan Ibrahimovic For World Cup Qualifiers

Ryan Sidle

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Sweden Recall Zlatan Ibrahimovic For World Cup Qualifiers

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been called up to the Sweden national team, five years after he made his final appearance for his country.

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Ibra retired after Sweden were knocked out of Euro 2016, with their loss against Belgium assuring they didn't get into the knockout stages despite three sides from their group going through.

In 2018 the country's all time top scorer claimed he was interested in returning for the World Cup but manager Janne Andersson didn't want to call then LA Galaxy forward into the squad.

Earlier this month it was claimed that the AC Milan striker would now be returning to the national team at the end of March, and that has now been confirmed.


Andersson has clearly had a change of heart and it's likely to be to do with Zlatan's form for AC Milan, since returning from MLS in January last year.

At the end of last season, the former PSG striker scored 10 goals in just 18 Serie A games, eight years since last appearing in Italy's top tier.

If that seemed like some sort of anomaly then the 39-year-old has continued to show that he's far from finished in top level football

Ibra has scored 14 times in just 14 appearances for the Rossoneri this season, as they have battled with local rivals, and Zlatan's former side, Inter for the title.

Ibra has been in excellent form this season. Image: PA Images
Ibra has been in excellent form this season. Image: PA Images

Sweden take on Georgia and Kosovo in World Cup qualifiers at the end of March and also face Estonia in a friendly.

Should Zlatan continue his form, and stay fit, then the call up to this round of games bodes well for a return to a tournament for the striker, with this summer's Euros looming.

The national team obviously qualified without him but undoubtedly he would be a massive help in their group with Spain, Poland and Slovenia.

Zlatan applauds the fans after his previous game with the national team. Image: PA Images
Zlatan applauds the fans after his previous game with the national team. Image: PA Images

The former Manchester United striker missed the first leg of Milan's Europa League game with United last week but is expected to return for the second leg.

If he later returns to the Euros then we'll all be very happy!

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football, Euro 2020, Serie A, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, AC Milan, Sweden

Ryan Sidle
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