Sweden rule out Zlatan World Cup return

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Sweden secured their first appearance at a World Cup since the 2006 finals after beating Italy in the qualification play-offs.

Ibrahimovic suggested he would come out of global retirement to represent Italy's playoff opponents in Russian Federation, but Sweden CT Janne Andersson made it clear there was no going back for the former Juventus, Milan and Inter striker, following on from his No 2 goalkeeper.

The 36-year-old striker, who recently made the move from Manchester United to LA Galaxy, has not featured for Sweden since retiring in the wake of Euro 2016.

Richt explained: "I talked to Zlatan on Tuesday".

Ibrahimovic, who retired from worldwide competition after Euro 2016, represented Sweden in the World Cup in 2002 and in 2006.

"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".

Known for his swagger, Zlatan said "it wouldn't be a World Cup" if he didn't play, adding, "I'm going to the World Cup, yes". I respect what he said and those who said "yes".

"This is incredible! This player [Ibrahimovic] has just stopped to play with Sweden one year and a half ago and we are still here talking about him", he said.

The LA Galaxy striker has been informed he won't be considered by Sweden.