Swedish federation official says Zlatan won't make comeback

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 27, 2018 09:10 AM
Swedish federation official says Zlatan won't make comeback
FILE - Los Angeles Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, of Sweden, celebrates his debut goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the Los Angeles FC Saturday, March 31, 2018, in Carson, Calif. The Galaxy won 4-3. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not make a comeback for the World Cup, according to the sporting director of the Swedish Football Federation.

Lars Richt said in a statement Thursday that he spoke with Ibrahimovic two days ago and "he informed me that he hadn't changed his mind about the national side."

"Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not a candidate for the World Cup squad," Richt added.

Ibrahimovic retired from international soccer in 2016 after scoring a national record of 62 goals in 116 games. The striker, who recently joined the LA Galaxy, has hinted that he could make a return to the national team for the World Cup in Russia.

Earlier this month, the 36-year-old Swede wrote "sky-high" in Swedish on Twitter to describe his chances of playing at the World Cup.

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

Latest News