LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been teasing fans about coming out of international retirement for the 2018 World Cup.
The former Manchester United and PSG star is Sweden's all-time leading goalscorer - but retired from the national team after their group stage exit in Euro 2016.
Ibrahimovic moved to the MLS in March and last week appeared on popular late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!
"I'm going to the World Cup", Ibrahimovic exclaimed to the delight of the audience.
Zlatan's comment was picked up by Sweden manager Janne Andersson, who took charge of the national team after Euro 2016.
The 55-year-old coach sent a clear message to Ibrahimovic, telling the 36-year-old striker to phone him if he is interested in a national team return.
"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."
Zlatan must call me
Andersson continued: “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 2018 Russia World Cup commences in just 50 days - Ibrahimovic is surely running out of time!
Zlatan's message for Janne
The eccentric striker shared an outrageous video across his social media pages late on Tuesday night.
In a new advert for Samsung, Ibrahimovic can be seen completely ignoring a phone call from the Swedish manager.
Watch the video below.
Very funny - but it might not go down too well with supporters in his homeland.
It surely also means that Ibrahimovic won't be part of the 23-man squad in Russia this summer.
"The way that he [Ibrahimovic] talked and behaved has inspired me," said Swedish forward John Guidetti.
"He would say 'I'm going to be the best', and that's not something a Swede normally says! That's when I realised that you could say that.
"We do want to be the best! He changed the way we think."
It now looks exceedingly likely that Guidetti will need to channel that winning mentality without Ibrahimovic.
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