Zlatan Ibrahimovic To Make Stunning Return To Sweden National Team, Could Play In World Cup Aged 41
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is to make a stunning return to the Sweden national team at the age of 39, according to reports.
Ibrahimovic retired from international football after Euro 2016, having scored 62 goals in 112 appearances.
He did express interest in being part of the Sweden squad for the 2018 World Cup but was not selected for the tournament in Russia, where Janne Andersson's side reached the quarter finals.
However, he has continued to bang in the goals at club level and now Swedish outlet FotbollDirekt say the AC Milan striker will be called up to the next squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Sweden take on Georgia and Kosovo, while they will also play a friendly against Estonia this month.
Swedish sources now claim it's done. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will officially return to the Swedish national team squad that's announced later this month. He'll be available for the games against Georgia, Kosovo and Estonia https://t.co/Fxrbx7CQR3- Siavoush Fallahi (@SiavoushF) March 6, 2021
From the national team they aren't confirming the news. "Zlatan and Janne had a good talk when they met in Milan. The squad will be announced on 16th of March" until then no further comments are made- Siavoush Fallahi (@SiavoushF) March 6, 2021
Ibrahimovic is currently injured and set to miss the first leg of a reunion with Manchester United in the Europa League, but is expected to be named in the next Sweden squad on 16 March.
Sweden host Georgia on the 25th before they travel to Kosovo three days later.
If all goes well, it means Sweden's all-time top scorer and former skipper could appear at Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Proving age is just a number, Ibrahimovic has hit 16 goals in 21 appearances for Milan this term - including 14 in as many Serie A games.
Commenting on the situation with Ibrahimovic in November, manager Andersson said: "When Zlatan opened up for games in the national team, it felt natural and important to meet and discuss this as soon as possible. I am glad that we managed to get a meeting so quickly."
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