Sweden announces Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not return for World Cup

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not feature in 2018 football World Cup Swedish federation confirms

The Sweden Football Association announced on Thursday that the Los Angeles Galaxy star will not be part of the squad when it plays in the World Cup for the first time since 2006. He said that he has not changed his mind regarding the national squad.

However, in recent weeks, the idea of Ibrahimovic potentially making a shock return to the global fold for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation has prompted plenty of discussion.

Ibrahimovic chose to retire from global football following Sweden's failure to get out of the group stage at Euro 2016. But [am I] going to the World Cup?

It would be classic Zlatan, but not exactly fair, for the striker to arrive at the World Cup and slot into the No.9 role having watched his teammates reach the finals from his sofa.

Sweden coach Janne Andersson is expected to name his team on May 15.

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"I spoke to Zlatan on Tuesday".

However, Andersson revealed that Ibrahimovic had not spoken to him about his desire to go to the World Cup. "And at the moment I have other things to do than to think about what would be if..."

Los Angeles Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not available for selection for Sweden's World Cup campaign, the nation's FA chief Lars Richt clarifies.

"It doesn't change anything for me", he said last month.

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