Zlatan return talks irk Sweden boss
– The final whistle which signalled that Sweden had qualified for the World Cup was still echoing around the San Siro when the speculation began – will retired record goal-scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right) return for the finals in Russia?
Sweden had just secured a 1-0 aggregate victory over Italy with a squad short on big names, a team that snatched second place in European qualifying Group A from the Dutch and beaten France at home before knocking out Italy, all without Zlatan.
“This is incredible. The player has just stopped to play one-anda-half years ago and we are still here talking about him,” Sweden boss Andersson told reporters when asked if Ibrahimovic was set
Shortly after the game Zlatan posted a picture on social media with the caption “We are Zweden”. By yesterday, it had over a million likes on Instagram, but Andersson didn’t seem positive.
“Zlatan is, as I expressed it, our greatest player of all time, a fantastic athlete in every way, but he has chosen not to take part,” he told a news conference in Milan yesterday.
“These guys who did take part and have performed fantastically. It’s sad to sit and talk about someone who hasn’t been here. I have a gang that has done fantastic, we can talk about them instead.”
Andersson’s players were not in the mood to discuss a possible return either. – Reuters