Sweden confirm Ibrahimovic will not play at 2018 World Cup
Ibrahimovic, who retired from international competition after Euro 2016, represented Sweden in the World Cup in 2002 and in 2006
A statement from the Svenska Fotbollforbundet (SvFF), released on Thursday, read: “Zlatan Ibrahimovic has previouslysaid no to playing for the national team – and he hasn’t changed his mind. ‘I talked to Zlatan on Tuesday. He told me he hasn’t changed his mind regarding playing for the national team – it’s still a no,’ says Lars Richt [sporting director] .
“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.”
The 36-year-old striker, who moved to LA Galaxy from Manchester United last month, has frequently expressed his desire to come out from retirement and play at the tournament.