Sweden Boss Responds To Rumours Of Zlatan Returning For World Cup

Wednesday, 15 Nov, 2017

A baffled Janne Andersson dismissed talk of former captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic coming out of retirement to re-join Sweden after the country qualified for the 2018 World Cup at the expense of Italy.

Playing in-front of an expectant San Siro stadium, Italy's fans fully expected them to overturn Sweden's 1-0 deficit from the first leg in Stockholm.

Strikers Ola Toivonen and Marcus Berg may well feel aggrieved at the possibility of Ibrahimović returning for the World Cup, given that their efforts have lead to Sweden qualifying for the tournament.

Andersson even hinted that the 36-year-old wouldn't necessarily be picked given how, in his view, different Sweden's style of play is now compared to when Ibrahimovic was in the team.

However, when Andersson was quizzed about Zlatan after leading his country to an unlikely spot in next summer's showpiece in Russian Federation, he didn't sound as though he was too keen on drafting the Manchester United striker back into the fold.

"This is incredible! This player has just stopped to play with Sweden one year and a half ago and we are still here talking about him", Andersson grumbled.

"Zlatan is, as I expressed it, our greatest player of all time, a fantastic athlete in every way, but he has chosen not to take part", he told a news conference in Milan on Tuesday.

"What I wanted to say was that this was the demonstration that our collective acted like this during the whole length of the play-offs", Andersson added.

Mino Raiola would "personally deliver" Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Russian Federation 2018 if he could, and get him to play for his country one last time.

"We have many heroes tonight".