Sweden fail to tempt Ibrahimovic into comeback for the World Cup

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The Sweden Football Association have made an official statement on the Zlatan Ibrahimovic saga after he suggested he will be a part of their 2018 FIFA World Cup plans. Without him, the team is left with John Guidetti and his one career Sweden goal, two guys over 30 that aren't world beaters in Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen and a bunch of unproven players.

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic gestures during their Euro 2016 group G qualification match against Liechtenstein in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, October 9, 2015.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic sarcastically responded to confusion about his Sweden at no-show the World Cup.

"Zlatan Ibrahimovic is therefore, for the same reason as previous national team gatherings, not a candidate for the World Cup squad that coach Janne Andersson will present on May 15".


"I'm going to the World Cup, yes. And at the moment I have other things to do than to think about what would be if..."

The 36-year-old striker, who recently left Manchester United to join LA Galaxy, had hinted that he might resume his 116-cap career with Sweden, having retired from global duty two years ago.

"It doesn't change anything for me", he said last month. The Swedish FA have confirmed in a statement that the former Man United star will not be counting on for Russian Federation as he "has previously refused to play for the national team".

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