While Italy’s failure to reach the World Cup and Gianluigi Buffon announcing his international retirement is unsurprisingly making all of the headlines, Sweden deserves an enormous amount of credit.
They stopped Italy from scoring over 180 minutes and could feel hard done by to be denied a couple of penalty shouts during the second-leg at the San Siro.
Maybe we should be talking a bit more about their terrific performance, rather than Italy’s shortcomings.
Sweden did remarkably well to even finish second in their group which consisted both France and the Netherlands. But Janne Andersson’s side pipped the Dutch side to the playoffs on goal difference before getting the better of the Azzurri.
And Sweden’s progress to the World Cup has got everyone talking about the return of a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Manchester United striker retired from International duty after Euro 2016 but will surely be tempted by the prospect of playing at another World Cup.
And Zlatan only fuelled the speculation of a retirement U-turn with his tweet after Sweden qualified.
He wrote: ‘Zweden’ with an image of his national side celebrating their incredible success.
And yes, Zlatan purposely spelt it ‘Zweden’.
While some people were excited by his potential return, the striker was getting a lot of hate for his tweet.
Many football fans were criticising Ibrahimovic for wanting everything to be about him, rather than congratulating the current squad on their achievement.
Check out the reaction:
Of course, Ibrahimovic needs to return from his knee injury before he can even think about playing in the World Cup.
Despite re-signing for Manchester United, he still hasn’t played since sustaining a cruciate injury in a Europa League match against Anderlecht and undergoing knee surgery in April.
But it seems he’s already targeting a return to the national side with his rather cryptic tweet, which clearly didn’t go down well with many people.