After almost five years of international retirement, and three months before the Euro, Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to the Swedish team at 39 for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers at the end of March, coach Janne Andersson announced on Tuesday.
The star striker of AC Milan is back in the selection. After retiring internationally 5 years ago following Euro 2016 in France, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is called up with Sweden for the qualifying matches against Georgia and Kosovo for the 2022 World Cup, as well as for a match friendly against Estonia.
Asked during the press conference after the announcement of the selection of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Janne Anderson praised the qualities of the Swedish striker. “Above all, he’s a very good footballer, the best we’ve had in Sweden”, he said before adding, “Of course it’s very funny that he wants to come back. In addition to what he can bring to the pitch, he has incredible experience and can bring it to other players on the team. ”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is far from being a player like any other in Sweden. Arrived in selection at the beginning of the century (2001), the former striker of the PSG marked the spirits and often managed to carry alone his team. “Ibra” scored 62 goals in 116 caps, some unforgettable as this acrobatic return outside the penalty area on the occasion of his quadruple against England in 2012. Sweden is now seeing the return of its emblematic captain but above all, the greatest player in his history.