Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic dubs himself 'God' on return to Sweden squad

Ross Jackson
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named in the Sweden squad
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named in the Sweden squad / BULENT KILIC/Getty Images

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named in the Sweden squad for their upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Kosovo, reversing his decision to retire from international football.

The 39-year-old announced his retirement following Sweden's exit from Euro 2016, while his strained relationship with current Sweden coach Janne Andersson had done little to suggest he would ever make a return.

However, after months of speculation, Ibrahimovic has now been selected for the Sweden squad in March's World Cup qualifiers.

The veteran forward took to Twitter to confirm news, with his usual humility, writing: "The return of the God."

Should the Milan star impress in Sweden's World Cup qualifiers over the coming weeks, it now seems likely he'll be a part of his national side's squad for the delayed Euro 2020 tournament this summer.

When asked what Ibrahimovic will bring to the Sweden squad, head coach Andersson replied (via Goal): "First and foremost, he is a very good football player, the best we have had in Sweden.

Ibrahimovic has been sidelined with an injury lately
Ibrahimovic has been sidelined with an injury lately / Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

"It is of course very funny that he wants to come back. In addition to what he can contribute on the pitch, he has incredible experience and can contribute it to other players in the team."

Ibrahimovic is his country's all-time leading goalscorer, having notched an impressive 62 goals in 116 outings between 2001-2016.

The forward has been in fine form this season, scoring at a rate of a goal every game in his 14 Serie A outings.

However, a number of injury setbacks have hampered his run in the first team and he's missed Milan's previous three league outings with a tear tear in his abductor muscle.

The injury picked up against Roma at the end of February saw him miss Milan's trip to Old Trafford to face former club Manchester United in the last 16 of the Europa League.

The outspoken striker also made headlines last month for a public spat with basketball legend LeBron James.