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Zlatan Ibrahimovic recalled by Sweden

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[Sweden's record goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Photo/courtesy]

The AC Milan Confident striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to make a return to Sweden’s squad after an almost five-year hiatus to play in World Cup qualifiers at the end of March.

The 39-year-old striker retired from the Swedish squad after the 2016 European Championships.

The news of his return was announced by Sweden’s coach Janne Anderson. He was on Tuesday among the players selected for the qualifiers against Georgia and Kosovo as well as a friendly against Estonia.

The 39-year-old scored 62 goals in 116 internationals before quitting after the team’s Euro 2016 group stage exit.

“First and foremost he is a very good footballer, the best we have had in Sweden. It’s obviously very good that he wants to come back,” said Sweden coach Janne Andersson.

The 6ft 5in striker made his international debut as a 19-year-old against the Faroe Islands and went on to score in his first competitive match – a qualifier for the 2002 World Cup against Azerbaijan.