Zlatan Ibrahimovic not part of Sweden's World Cup plans

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says 'a World Cup without me wouldn't be a World Cup'

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says 'a World Cup without me wouldn't be a World Cup'

Sweden manager Janne Andersson has ruled out calling up Zlatan Ibrahimovic for this summer's World Cup finals.

Ibrahimovic, who is now turning out in MLS with the LA Galaxy, has stated on a regular basis that he will be part of the Sweden side if he wants to be.

'As a team, we play as a collective, all the players together.

When pressed by the host if he expected to attend as a player or in another capacity, Ibrahimovic was coy. "Will you have cleats on the bottom of your shoes or will they be regular shoes?"

However, after Blågult shocked Europe by ousting Italy for a place in Russian Federation, the former Manchester United striker flirted with the idea of returning for a final World Cup swansong.

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As one of the most decorated active footballers in the world, Zlatan has won 33 trophies in his career playing for nine teams across England, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United States.

"They will?" Kimmel joked. "It's my own fault - if you play the way I do, I mean". If I would be single I would spread some investments here in the US and you would have future legends in the soccer.

The legendary striker wants to join his country at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation this summer, despite stepping away from the global fold following Euro 2016. "I always try to be the best in football, so a partnership with Visa represents what I continue to strive to be-the best".

Soccer legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic said in an interview that one way he could have helped the US succeed in his sport would have been for him to have some American kids who would grow up to be stars.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's self-proclaimed desire to return to the Sweden national team for the World Cup could hurt the team rather than benefit it, says back-up goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson. But the most telling moment of the interview came when Kimmel pushed Ibrahimović on his status for the World Cup.

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