Janne Andersson crushes Zlatan’s World Cup dreams
A World Cup without Zlatan is not a World Cup, according to the same Zlatan Ibrahimovic. When talking about a possible return to the national fold, the former United striker was assertive. A few days ago, he also tweeted that his hopes to be in Russia with the squad are “sky-high”. But these hopes have been ended by the man with the keys, Sweden manager Janne Anderson.
When talking to TYC Sport, Janne Andersson stated:
“Ibrahimovic said no to the national team. He was not going to be in the team after the (2016) European Championship, and I respected him.
“If you rejected the team, I do not think you should come back, I respect what he said and those who said ‘yes.’ (Ibrahimovic) has not called me, but he’s definitely not included in the plans for the World Cup.”
Right after EURO 2016, it was Ibrahimovic who announced his international retirement. But after Sweden’s surprise World Cup qualification, the 36-year-old showed the desire to return once again with the national team. Many saw the transfer to LA Galaxy as a move to regain his fitness after his serious knee injury. Since joining the MLS squad, Ibra scored three goals in four matches. Nonetheless, Sweden manager Janne Andersson remains adamant that Zlatan has no place in the Swedish squad.