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Ibrahimovic poised for Sweden comeback

  • Published at 07:47 pm March 6th, 2021
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ibrahimovic, who has 116 caps and 62 goals, has not worn the Swedish jersey since Euro 2016

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to international football at the age of 39, Swedish media reported Saturday.

Sweden, coached by Janne Andersson, have qualified for the Euros and kick off their campaign against Spain in Bilbao on June 14.

The return has been under discussion for several months, according to reports, but has not been confirmed by the Swedish football federation (SvFF).

Footbolldirekt mentioned it in a report that was picked up by the Swedish national press.

The striker, who has 116 caps and 62 goals, has not worn the Swedish jersey since Euro 2016, where he was captain but failed to score as Sweden finished bottom of their group.

Last autumn, he said he "missed" wearing the yellow jersey.

The SvFF said the player then had a "good and fruitful" meeting with Andersson.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Monday sent a signal that he might be considering an international comeback as he continues to produce show-stopping displays for AC Milan that defy his advancing years.

Posted by Sports Tribune on Tuesday, 3 November 2020

SvFF spokesman, Jakob Kakembo Andersson, told AFP on Saturday that the players selected for the next matches, a pair of World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Kosovo and a friendly against Estonia, will be announced on March 16. 

Ibrahimovic has scored 14 goals in 14 Serie A matches for AC Milan this season.

Ibrahimovic expressed an interest in playing in the 2018 World Cup, but Andersson opted not to recall the star.

Sweden reached the quarter-final.

The team then qualified without him for the Euro-2020, postponed to June and July 2021 because of Covid-19.

They will face Spain, Poland and Slovakia in their group in the first round.

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