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Zlatan Ibrahimovic announces his retirement from international football

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic could play his last ever international match tomorrow after confirming that he will retire after Euro 2016.

Speaking at a press conference, the Sweden star said his final game will be at Euro 2016.

It means Ibrahimovic’s final appearance could come in tomorrow’s clash against Belgium. Sweden are currently third in Group E, level on points with bottom-placed Republic of Ireland.

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Ibrahimovic is reportedly close to sealing a move to Manchester United - Sky Sports claim a medical has been booked in for when he returns from France - and fans are no doubt delighted with the news.

There were fears that the 34-year-old could represent Sweden at the Olympic Games, which would have been bad for two reasons.

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For a start, it would have delayed his United debut. The new Premier League season gets underway on August 13 but the Olympics in Rio do not finish until August 21.

Secondly, Ibrahimovic is in desperate need of a rest. At 34, it would have been heroic for him to complete an entire season for Paris Saint-Germain, then the European Championship, then the Olympics and then play for United without any breaks.

The former Barcelona striker, Sweden’s all-time highest goalscorer on 62 goals, told reporters, per the Independent:

“I won't participate in the Olympics. My last game will be in this Euros."

The football world wasn't very forgiving in its reaction to the news. Ibrahimovic has failed to shine at Euro 2016 and Twitter was awash with jokes.

Ibra wants revenge on Guardiola

Given the way in which he announced his departure from PSG, we can probably expect a more exciting statement from Ibrahimovic when his retirement is confirmed.

Revealing his imminent departure from the French champions - Ibrahimovic’s contract expires at the end of this month - he wrote: “I came like a king, left like a legend.”

He’s expected to join Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, reuniting with his manager from his spell at Inter Milan.

And, according to his agent, Mino Raiola, Ibrahimovic has his eyes set on getting revenge on another of his former managers.

"I think he wants revenge on Guardiola, although he does not live for it because you shouldn't have two graves - one for him and one for the enemy,” Raiola told Marca, per Goal.

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