Sweden manager Janne Andersson confirms Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘will not be at World Cup’

Sweden manager Janne Andersson confirms Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘will not be at World Cup’

- Sweden boss, Janne Andersson, has Zlatan Ibrahimovic's World Cup dream to the sword by confirming that the La Galaxy striker

- Ibra retired from international football after his team were knocked out at the group stages of Euro 2016

- The former Manchester United star has regularly hinted he wanted to go to Russia

Sweden boss, Janne Andersson, has Zlatan Ibrahimovic's World Cup dream to the sword by confirming that the La Galaxy striker will not be part of his squad going to Russia.

Ibra retired from international football after his team were knocked out at the group stages of Euro 2016.

And he did not participate in the qualifying campaign for the World Cup but the former Manchester United star has regularly hinted he wanted to go to Russia.

And while speaking to TYC, Sweden manager Andersson dashed those hopes by saying: "Ibrahimovic said no to the national team.

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"He was not going to be in the team after the 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."

Ibrahimovic has featured in two World Cups — 2002 and 2006 — but the Swedes failed to qualify for the final stages of the the 2010 and 2014 tournaments.

However, the Scandinavians did make it to Russia in heroic fashion following a 1-0 play-off victory over four-time winners Italy.

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Ibrahimovic has spent most of this campaign on the sidelines recovering from a serious knee injury.

And he was allowed to leave United in March for LA Galaxy, where he enjoyed an incredible two-goal debut — including a superb 45-yard half volley.

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