Almost five years after retiring from the world of international soccer, Zlatan has returned to the Swedish national team for this summer’s European Championship.
In true Zlatan fashion, he commented on his return with an Instagram post saying: “The return of the God”
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The Swedish soccer legend decided to retire from playing with the national team after the European Championship in 2016. But after having an incredible season with Milan, the coach for Sweden’s national team, Janne Andersson, decided it was time to recruit him back.
On the Swedish Football Associations website, the captain of the national team, Janne Andersson, comments:
“First and foremost, he is a very good soccer player, the best we’ve had in Sweden. It is of course very fun to hear that he wants to come back. Apart from what he can contribute to the field, he also has incredible experience and can contribute to other players on the team.”
He went on to say during a press conference:
“Zlatan is still one of the worlds best forwards, and according to me Sweden’s best soccer player of all times”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played 116 games and scored 62 goals for the national team.
The Swedish national team in 2021, will be as following:
Goalkeepers: Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Robin Olsen
Defense: Ludwig Augustinsson, Pierre Bengtsson, Andreas Granqvist, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Mikael Lustig, Joakim Nilsson, Victor Nilsson Lindelöf, Carl Starfelt
Midfield/Forward: Marcus Berg, Jens Cajuste, Viktor Claesson, Emil Forsberg, Alexander Isak, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Dejan Kulusevski, Jesper Karlsson, Sebastian Larsson, Kristoffer Olsson, Robin Quaison, Ken Sema, Mattias Svanberg