Sweden rules out Ibrahimovic's World Cup return

Zlatan Ibrahimovic who quit the Swedish national squad in 2016 will not make a comeback for the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia

A statement released by the Swedish FA on Facebook confirmed: "Sweden's greatest goalscorer of all time for the national team will NOT play at the World Cup". It read, "Zlatan Ibrahimovic has previously refused to play in the national team - and he has not changed". 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.

The 36-year-old had hinted about wanting to play for his nation on a couple occasions since joining the Galaxy in late March.

"I talked to Zlatan on Tuesday", he said.

Mid-way through April, Ibrahimovic told Jimmy Kimmel Live! that he would be going to the World Cup, but was vague on details.

On Wednesday, Ibrahimovic posted a video on Twitter which portrayed him observing an incoming phone call from "Janne" - potentially referring to Sweden head coach Janne Andersson.

"It doesn't change anything for me", he said last month.

Andersson hasn't spoken to Ibrahimovic recently but insinuated having Ibrahimovic back on the team would have caused issues.

The LA Galaxy striker has been informed he won't be considered by Sweden. "Said he wants to return to the team, but it's not so", - quotes the words of RICHT official website of the Football Association of Sweden.

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