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Ibrahimovic recalled to Sweden squad for World Cup qualifiers

By AFP
02 November 2021   |   2:54 pm
AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on Tuesday recalled to the Sweden squad for the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifying matches, a month after the star's return to the national team was thwarted by injury.

FILE PHOTO: Football Soccer – Republic of Ireland v Sweden – EURO 2016 – Group E – Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris, France – 13/6/16 Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic applauds fans after the game REUTERS/John SibleY/File Photo

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on Tuesday recalled to the Sweden squad for the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifying matches, a month after the star’s return to the national team was thwarted by injury.

Coach Janne Andersson included “Ibra,” who turned 40 last month, for the away games against Georgia on November 11 and Spain on November 14.

Since he ended a five-year international retirement in March, Ibrahimovic has been called up three times by Sweden, but has only played twice.

He appeared in two World Cup qualifiers in late March, both of which Sweden won, but pulled out of Euro 2020 finals in June shortly before the tournament kicked off with a knee injury.

After returning for AC Milan in mid-September, Ibrahimovic suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon which ruled him out of two World Cup qualifiers in late September.

Ibrahimovic returned for Milan in mid-October and has appeared in five consecutive games, scoring twice. He struck his 150th Serie A goal against Roma on Sunday.

After six games, Sweden lead European Group B with 15 points, two ahead of Spain.