- Sweden confirms Ibrahimovic will not be at the World Cup in Russia
- The LA Galaxay striker declared his intentions recently on a talk show
- Sweden will play Germany South Korea and Mexico at the Mundial
Sweden have stated Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not feature at the World Cup in Russia in the summer.
The LA Galaxy striker has proposed for a return to international duty despite calling it quits to his international career after Euro 2016.
Speaking on talk show with Jimmy Kimmel last week, Ibrahimovic declared, “A World Cup without me wouldn't be a World Cup.”
However the Scandinavian nation have moved to announced that Ibrahimovic will not be included in the party to Russia following talks between the two parties.
In a statement, Swedish FA chief Lars Richt said: "I talked to Zlatan on Tuesday.
"He announced that he did not change the national team game - it is no."
The announcement contradicts the comments made by the former Manchester United after making a move to the MLS.
When addressed about the speculation about the World Cup and if he was going to play, Ibrahimovic replied: "I am going to the World Cup, yes.”
He continued: “I just said I am going to the World Cup. If I just say more, people will hang me. So I have to be careful what I say now."
The 36-year-old who scored 62 goals in 116 appearances for Sweden from 2001 to 2016 claims he does not lack confidence playing at the highest level.
Swedish coach Janne Andersson revealed he had not been contacted by the striker and that they were making plans for the tournament without him.
"If he [Ibrahimovic] changes his mind, contacts me and tells me ‘yes, I want to be part of it,’ then we’ll sit down and discuss what that would mean, how we play these days and so on," Andersson told Kicker.
“But that’s all speculation. I don’t know [if he’d still fit into the team]. But I also don’t think about it. I take the things as they come if they come.
"If you want to be part of it, you must call me. Easy as that.”
The legendary attacker scored a screamer from 40-yards on his debut for LA Galaxy and also a headed goal that got the world talking.
Sweden qualified for the Russia 2018 World Cup with a playoff victory over Italy and will be playing in the group that includes Germany, South Korea and Mexico.
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