Sweden News: Ibrahimovic to miss World Cup

1 year ago

In the latest Sweden news, the Swedish FA have confirmed striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be coming out of international retirement to feature at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Recent reports in the press claimed that the forward was contemplating his future as he tries to help his team this summer.

Ibrahimovic retired from international football after the European Championship in 2016 but recently claimed he would return at this summer’s tournament, but refused to say in what capacity.

He has impressed during his first few games for LA Galaxy since leaving Manchester United but Swedish FA chief Lars Richt insists he will be part of their World Cup campaign.

He told reporters: “I talked to Zlatan on Tuesday. He announced he did not change his mind about the national team – it is no.”

Ibrahimovic scored 62 goals in 116 games for his country and could have featured at his third World Cup after appearing in 2002 and 2006.

The former Barcelona, Juventus and Inter Milan star has struggled with a knee injury in the last 12 months and will now focus on his club career.

Sweden were able to qualify for Russia 2018 without him, with Marcus Berg the star in their qualifying campaign. Janne Andersson’s side beat Italy in a play-off and were placed in Group F for their first World Cup since 2006.

Germany remain the favourites to win the group, with Mexico also well fancied. South Korea could be one of the dark horses of the competition while Sweden are 6/4 to qualify with Bet Stars.

Bet Stars have also priced Sweden at 21/10 to finish second, which many believe is their best chance of qualifying.