Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaks on his sensational return to the Sweden national team ahead of their 2024 Euro qualifier matches.
The International break will not only give fans a chance to see their national teams in action but it will allow them to see some of their best players of this generation return to their team after a long absence.
Such is the case for Zlatan Ibrahimovic who will put his experience to Swedish service in their UEFA Euro qualifiers against Belgium and Azerbaijan.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic stepped away from international duties after the Euro 2016, only to return in 2021 for the disastrous World Cup qualifications.
After missing Euro 2020 because of an injury, he remained sidelined for another year as his team didn’t qualify for the World Cup.
In March of 2022, he played 11 minutes off the bench for Sweden in their last World Cup qualification match against Poland.
After Ibrahimovic returned to AC Milan after undergoing surgery at the end of last season, he has only played 68 minutes over three appearances for Milan this year.
The 41-year-old veteran striker returns to the Blagult after one year away from the team and fully recovered from his injuries, while Sweden national team head coach Janne Andersson has stated that he will not start any of their matches.
Speaking on his return, Ibrahimovic said; “Take it day by day, if I feel good then I’m selected by the coach, I mean I will help him, the team, and the country to do my best.
“So I think at my age you cannot think future, you think present, even if I’m the past, present, and future, so there it is.”
🗣️ “I think in my age you cannot think future. You think present, even if I’m the past, present or the future.”— Football Daily (@footballdaily) March 22, 2023
41-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimović says he could still be the FUTURE of Swedish football. 🌟🇸🇪 pic.twitter.com/3FKooBg9kG
Sweden, along with Belgium, Austria, Estonia, and Azerbaijan, will compete in Group F of the Euro Qualification round to earn a ticket to next year’s tournament.
Janne Andersson has stated that Ibrahimovic ‘feels ready’ to contribute to the team after his recall and the manager noted that this is the main reason for the forward’s comeback.
Zlatan feels ready and in great form despite being absent for a time, according to Andersson, who noted that Zlatan had made three significantly lengthier outings for Milan.
“Hence, I believe he has something to contribute from that angle. Especially on the field, but also in the dressing room”, the coach stated.
If Zlatan can suit up for one of the Blagult’s games in the coming days, he will become the footballer with the longest active streak in UEFA Euro Qualification.
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