Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his retirement from the Swedish national team in 2016, but returned from ‘international retirement’ in March this year. Ibrahimovic has already been called up for a number of World Cup qualifying matches and the 39-year-old striker also seems a certainty for the European Championship next summer. But what about next year’s World Cup in Qatar?
“If he is fit and motivated, why not?”, National coach Jan Andersson keeps all options open in discussion with Fotbollskanalen. “Zlatan is a unique player. He still trains with a child’s desire and he still achieves a high level. ” Still, Andersson does not want to make any premature statements. “We have to look at it step by step, the World Cup is only a year and a half away. First we focus on the European Championship, then we make the evaluation. ”
Of course, Sweden must first qualify for the World Cup. So far Ibrahimovic only played at the World Cups of 2002 and 2006, he did not score in either tournament. In 2010 and 2014, Sweden failed to qualify. In 2018, yes, but then Ibrahimovic had already said goodbye to the national team.