Zlatan, 41, returns to Sweden squad after injury

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns to the Sweden squad after a one year absence for their European Championship qualifiers against Belgium and Azerbaijan later this month, Sweden coach Janne Andersson announced on Wednesday.

The 41-year-old played his last match for the national team in 2022 against Poland in the World Cup qualification playoff loss, but has since struggled with a long-term anterior cruciate ligament injury that kept him on the sidelines.

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Ibrahimovic quit international football after Euro 2016 but made his return in 2021 for their unsuccessful World Cup qualifiers.

“I don’t see him as a starter. It will be more like it has been in Milan that there are substitution possibilities,” Andersson said to reporters when asked about how much Ibrahimovic will play.

Ibrahimovic is Sweden’s all-time top scorer, with 62 goals in 121 matches.


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