Zlatan Ibrahimovic ends five-year worldwide retirement, to play in World Cup qualifiers for Sweden

Zlatan Ibrahimovic ends five-year worldwide retirement, to play in World Cup qualifiers for Sweden

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was included on Tuesday in Sweden’s squad for World Cup qualifiers in opposition to Georgia on 25 March and Kosovo three days later, in addition to a pleasant in opposition to Estonia on 31 March.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic ends five-year international retirement, to play in World Cup qualifiers for Sweden

File picture of AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic. AP

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has come out of worldwide retirement on the age of 39 and is about to play for Sweden for the primary time because the 2016 European Championship.

The AC Milan striker was included on Tuesday in Sweden’s squad for World Cup qualifiers in opposition to Georgia on 25 March and Kosovo three days later, in addition to a pleasant in opposition to Estonia on 31 March.

Ibrahimovic scored a national-record 62 objectives in 112 video games for Sweden from 2001-16.

With out the nation’s most high-profile participant, Sweden reached the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia — its finest efficiency within the competitors since 1994.

Now he’s in line to play on the continent-wide Euros scheduled for June and July this yr. Sweden are in the identical group as Spain, Poland and Slovakia.

Ibrahimovic has been prolific in spells at Manchester United, Los Angeles Galaxy, and Milan since retiring from worldwide obligation after Euro 2016. He has 16 objectives in 21 appearances for Milan this season, although he has missed the workforce’s final 4 matches due to a proper thigh damage.

If he performs subsequent week, he’ll grow to be the oldest participant within the historical past of Sweden’s nationwide workforce.

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