Ibrahimovic pondering Sweden return for the 2018 World Cup? – Even though Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic had called time on his international career after EURO 2016 and later ruled out a possible return to the Swedish national team last year, saying that Sweden would play with less pressure with him out of the picture, the 36-year-old striker recently hinted that he could reverse the decision in the near future. His international retirement could end this summer, because Ibra has revealed that he had missed playing for Sweden and that the door wasn’t closed for anything.
During his visit to Stockholm, where he helped the opening of a new padel centre, the Manchester United forward admitted that he missed the national team, and he could come back, but first of all he needed to get back to full fitness before the return to the national team even becomes an option. Ibrakadabra has given 20 years to the national team, he is Sweden’s all-time top scorer, with 62 goals in 116 appearances, and it is hard for him to stay on the sidelines, but first he needs to feel he can deliver a good performance, otherwise he will not return.
Ibrahimovic is struggling for minutes at Manchester United this season, mostly because of his persistent injury problems. The former Inter and AC Milan hitman has featured just seven times in all competitions for United, with only one goal on his tally. A player with such an experience, who already appeared in two World Cups, would definitely be a useful addition to Janne Andersson’s charges, even though the Swedish football coach has been evasive in the past when asked if he would welcome Ibra back.
Sweden shocked Italy over two legs to qualify for Russia this summer, thanks to Johansson’s strike in the first leg against the 2006 champions. The team prospered without the most famous footballer Sweden has ever produced, but, on the other hand, Ibrahimovic has never scored a goal at World Cup finals and this would be his final chance to do so. We will have to wait and see whether the former Barcelona striker will lead his team at one last big competition.