Zlatan Ibrahimovic has repeatedly claimed that he will be at this summer’s World Cup and now, Sweden’s coach Janne Andersson has now responded.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his arrival on the MLS stage in the most ‘Zlatan’ of fashions, scoring a 40-yard volley before winning the game with a header late to see his side overturn at a 3-0 deficit to defeat LA FC 4-3.
Ibra, who left Manchester United to make the switch, has been in nothing less than vintage form of late when the cameras are rolling and while he announced his retirement from international football well before the qualifying campaign for this summer’s World Cup began, he has been repeatedly teasing the idea that he will, in fact, be present at the tournament in June.
Sweden’s coach Janne Andersson spoke to Fotbollskanalen (via The42.ie) and explained why he cannot relate to Zlatan’s apparent wish to return to the international team and how it would be unfair to those who worked to see his Sweden side qualify.
“Zlatan and a number of other players said they did not want to join the national team after the European Championships in France, and I respect that. But what the media is speculating about and what Zlatan himself is talking about, I cannot relate to that. I relate to what has been said between us.
“We have had a deal where we agreed on what was going on and where he was very clear to me. I agreed with that. The others who have said ‘no’ are not included either. Those who are included are those who have said ‘yes’.”
It’s a pretty fair standpoint, all things considered, but with a player of Zlatan’s immense quality, who knows if the Swedish management can afford to leave such a game-changer on the sidelines.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena