Zlatan Ibrahimovic is open to a return as an international from Sweden. The 39-year-old striker, who was voted best player in his country for the twelfth time on Tuesday, said in an interview with the newspaper Aftonbladet.
“I’ll be honest: yes, I miss the national team. That’s no secret”, said Ibrahimovic, who ended his international career after the 2016 European Championship. “Whoever doesn’t miss it has already ended his career. And I haven’t finished my career yet.”
When asked what he would say if national coach Janne Andersson were to call, the attacker responded with a little more reservation. “I would say, ‘Give me time, I’ll think about it,'” said the former Ajax striker, Juventus, Internazionale, FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and LA Galaxy.
“It has to come from his side. I shouldn’t be called in for the form, but really with the idea that I can contribute something. Then I’ll think about it.”
Ibrahimovic has already scored ten goals for AC Milan this season, which is partly because of that in the lead in Serie A. The striker, who scored 62 times in 116 international matches, is currently injured.
Without Ibrahimovic, Sweden qualified for next year’s European Championship, where Spain, Poland and Slovakia are the opponents in the group stage.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic played his last matches as a Swedish international at the 2016 European Championship. (Photo: Pro Shots)