Sweden manager responds after Zlatan Ibrahimovic says 'I'm going to the World Cup'

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The 2018 World Cup in Russia is less than two months away and it's still unclear if Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be involved.

LA Galaxy recently signed the 36-year-old from Manchester United and he made an instant impact in the MLS.

Ibrahimovic came off the bench on his debut in the LA derby and scored an unbelievable volley before later netting the winner.

Speculation has been rife surrounding a national team comeback ever since Sweden shocked Italy in their World Cup play-off.

The veteran striker was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week and appeared to suggest he will be taking part at the upcoming World Cup in Russia.

"I'm going to the World Cup", Ibrahimovic exclaimed to the delight of the audience.

However, it appears that he is yet to speak to the Swedish manager on the subject.

Sweden boss responds

Janne Andersson, 55, took charge of the Swedish national team immediately after Ibrahimovic's retirement in 2016.

He has told the LA Galaxy star what he must do to be considered for the World Cup.

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"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," said Andersson to Kicker, as per NBC. "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.”


Ibrahimovic better pick up the phone if he wants to be part of the 23-man squad.

Sweden's back-up goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson believes they would have to "change the whole system" in order to accommodate Ibrahimovic.

"It's up to the coach to see if he wants to bring him [Ibrahimovic]," said Johnsson.


"We managed to qualify and go through to the World Cup without him, and I think we can manage to play well at the World Cup without him. I'm sure if he does join, he will play well.

"As a team, we play as a collective, all the players together. With Zlatan, as a person, as a player he's an individualist, and the play goes around him.

"I don't know if the coach wants such a big change, because he'll have to change the whole system of how he wants to play."

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