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Andersson rules out talk of Ibrahimovic coming out of international retirement

Andersson rules out talk of Ibrahimovic coming out of international retirement
From ESPN - November 14, 2017

Sweden boss Janne Andersson dismissed talk of a possible international return for retired striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after his side's playoff win over Italy sealed qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

Sweden advanced 1-0 on aggregate to secure their spot in Russia -- a feat that denied the Italians a place in the finals for the first time since 1958.

Ibrahimovic, 36, called quits on his international career following last summer's European Championship in France. And local media asked if the Manchester United man would be considered for Russia.

However, Andersson preferred to keep the focus on his current squad's accomplishments, telling reporters after the match: "This is incredible! This player [Ibrahimovic] has just stopped to play with Sweden one year and a half ago and we are still here talking about him.

"Gosh, we need to talk about the great players we have in this team I believe."

Turning his attention back to Monday's match, Andersson added: "What I wanted to say was that this was the demonstration that our collective acted like this during the whole length of the playoffs.

"We have many heroes tonight. I am a bit moved but obviously very happy with the result.

"When Ibrahimovic was here with us we played a different style of football.

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