Zlatan Ibrahimovic has come out of worldwide retirement on the age of 39 and is ready to play for Sweden for the primary time for the reason that 2016 European Championship.
“The return of the God,” the charismatic AC Milan striker tweeted after being included on Tuesday in Sweden’s squad for World Cup qualifiers in opposition to Georgia on March 25 and Kosovo three days later, in addition to a pleasant in opposition to Estonia on March 31.
Ibrahimovic scored a national-record 62 objectives in 112 video games for Sweden from 2001-16.
With out the nation’s most high-profile participant, Sweden reached the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia — its greatest efficiency within the competitors since 1994.
Now he’s in line to play on the continent-wide Euros scheduled for June and July this 12 months. Sweden is in the identical group as Spain, Poland and Slovakia.
“At the beginning, he’s an excellent soccer participant, the most effective now we have had in Sweden,” Sweden coach Janne Andersson stated. “It’s, after all, very enjoyable that he desires to come back again.
“Along with what he can contribute on the pitch, he has unimaginable expertise and may contribute it to different gamers within the crew.”
Ibrahimovic has been prolific in spells at Manchester United, Los Angeles Galaxy, and Milan since retiring from worldwide obligation after Euro 2016. He has 16 objectives in 21 appearances for Milan this season, although he has missed the crew’s final 4 matches due to a proper thigh harm.
If he performs subsequent week, he’ll change into the oldest participant within the historical past of Sweden’s nationwide crew.