After ‘Mir­a­cle of Mi­lan’, could Zla­tan re­turn?

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AFTER Swe­den’s “Mir­a­cle of Mi­lan” booked them a berth at the World Cup fi­nals and sent Italy crash­ing out, could Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic be set for a re­turn from in­ter­na­tional re­tire­ment?

In the min­utes after the Swedes hung on for a goal­less draw on Mon­day that se­cured one of the big World Cup up­sets, Ibrahi­movic wrote “We are Zwe­den” on In­sta­gram next to a photo of the de­lighted team, de­lib­er­ately adding the ‘Z’ of his name to his coun­try’s.

The Manch­ester United striker, who re­tired from the na­tional team in 2016, was among the crowd in the San Siro to cheer on his for­mer Swe­den team-mates. In the post-match press con­fer­ence, coach Janne An­der­s­son was ir­ri­tated by re­porters’ fo­cus on whether their vet­eran for­mer star could again pull on the yel­low jersey at the fi­nals in Rus­sia next year.

“This is in­cred­i­ble. This player stopped play­ing with Swe­den a year and a half ago and we are still talk­ing about him,” An­der­s­son told re­porters.

“We need to talk about the great play­ers we have in this team.” Italy to­tally dom­i­nated Mon­day’s match but Swe­den earned a re­turn to the World Cup for the first time since 2006 thanks to Jakob Jo­hans­son’s strike in the bruis­ing first leg in Stock­holm.

“I have never ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing like this,” said goal­keeper Robin Olsen.

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