Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hopes of playing at the 2018 Fifa World Cup have been dashed by his own national team head coach Janne Andersson.
The tactician accused Zlatan, who now plays for United States side LA Galaxy, of insincerity after he rejected a call up to the national team in the build up to European Championship of 2016.
Ibrahimovic had hinted at returning to Sweden national team ahead of the selection for World Cup saying a a World Cup without him would not be interesting.
“I am going to the World Cup, yes, I just said I am going to the World Cup. If I just say more, people will hang me so I have to be careful what I say now,” Zlatan said in a TV show last week.
Adding that, “A World Cup without me wouldn’t be a World Cup.”
However Sweden national team head coach Janne Andersson insisted he would not be calling the 36-year-old, saying he rejected the team and must not come back.
“Ibrahimovic said no to the national team. He was not going to be in the team after the European Championship, and I respected him,” Andersson said.
Adding that, ‘If you rejected the team, I do not think you should come back. I respect what he said and those who said ‘yes’. ‘Ibrahimovic] has not called me, but he’s definitely not included in the plans for the World Cup.’