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One More Round For Zlatan? - Swedish Legend Pondering World Cup Return

One More Round For Zlatan? - Swedish Legend Pondering World Cup Return
By Michael McCarthy
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Eleven months ago, we thought we'd seen the last of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Injury ended his season in April last year and his one year contract at Manchester United was ending.

Instead, being Zlatan, he recovered in fine time, was given a new deal by United and continued his Premier League career for at least one more season.

Unfortunately, it's been a frustrating season for Ibrahimovic, who hasn't played since Christmas have suffered a recurrance of his injury. Still, not to be deterred, the 36-year-old is still talking comebacks, not just for Manchester United, but now for Sweden too.


Zlatan made his last appearance for his country at Euro 2016, where still the team's talisman, he didn't score, but did set up Sweden's goal against Ireland. After that tournament, he called it a day for Sweden. He was 34, had played for Sweden for 16 years, earning 116 caps.

Without him, Sweden have surprised many, qualifying for the World Cup, beating Italy in the playoffs. It's their first World Cup appearance since 2006, and Zlatan is definitely feeling a bit of FOMO.

Although we're not sure how his past (and future?) teammates will feel about it, the legend believes he only has to say the word and he's on the plane. Speaking in Stockholm yesterday, he made it clear the decision is in his hands.

I miss the national team. If I want, I do it. I want to feel I can deliver a good performance.

We'll see, it's a tough question. I want to feel that I can perform and give back. I don't want to come just because I'm somebody. The door isn't closed for anything.

I miss the national team. When you've played in the national team for 20 years and then you're not in it anymore, and you see the others playing in the national team, it's tough.

It's tough in general, when you think that I'm injured and not playing. I want to play, with the club team, with the national team, it's the same thing. They have done a good job.

I don't think anyone needs to call. If I want to, I'm there, that's how it is. But one thing at a time. When I can do what I want to, I'll have other thoughts.

Fair or not, you'd love to see him on the big stage one more time!

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