Sweden national team manager Janne Andersson has confirmed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not play for his national team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Zlatan, who announced his retirement on 21 June 2016, has recently claimed that he would return to international duty this summer.
Sweden will be in the 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer, where they will be in Group F alongside Germany, South Korea and Mexico.
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However, Andersson who accept that Zlatan remains the greatest player for Sweden has revealed that the striker doesn’t have any place his squad.
“Ibrahimovic said no to the national team,” Andersson said.
“He was not going to be in the team after the European Championship, and I respected him.”
“If you rejected the team, I do not think you should come back. I respect what he said and those who said ‘yes’.”
“[Ibrahimovic] has not called me, but he’s definitely not included in the plans for the World Cup.”
The speculation is over…
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not come out of retirement to play in the FIFA World Cup this summer. pic.twitter.com/4iYhsvPBE0
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Zlatan, 36, has managed to score 3 goals in 4 appearances for LA Galaxy FC since joining the Major League Soccer side on 23 March 2018.