No World Cup for Ibrahimovic, says Swedish FA chief

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not feature in 2018 football World Cup Swedish federation confirms

Jonathon Nackstrand AFP

The chances of Zlatan Ibrahimovic coming out of worldwide retirement for the World Cup have all but evaporated.

The veteran striker, who now plies his trade in MLS with LA Galaxy after leaving Manchester United last month, tweeted last week: "The chances of my playing in the World Cup are skyhöga". 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].

Despite being 36 years old, Ibrahimovic is still far and away Sweden's best player and most important guy in attack.

The FIFA World Cup, which will be hosted across 8 venues, later this year is slated to get underway on June 14.

Richt declined to specify whether the team had asked Ibrahimovic to join.

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"[Ibrahimovic] has not called me, but he's definitely not included in the plans for the World Cup". 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 Russian Federation.

"If you rejected the team, I do not think you should come back".

However, Coach Janne Anderson said this week that he wouldn't be calling him, and today it has been confirmed that Ibra won't be at the World Cup.

He said: "I have obviously been intensively courted by betting companies throughout my career, but up until now I have not been presented to anything that has triggered me".

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