Janne Andersson Confirms Zlatan Won’t Feature at the World Cup
The prospect of Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning to the Swedish National Team has hugely divided both fans and players but the LA Galaxy striker is unlikely to be part of the World Cup 2018 squad according to head coach Janne Andersson. Rumours of the players being completely opposed to his return are greatly exaggerated although many have acknowledged that the team would have to change its shape and style to accommodate the return of their all-time leading goalscorer.
Sweden qualified for the 2018 World Cup despite being drawn in a tough group and there is a togetherness about the squad which many feel could be disrupted if the iconic striker returned to the fold. They beat Italy across two legs in the play-offs, which helped book their place in the showpiece event which gets underway on June 14th.
Andersson has confirmed that he has not held talks with the talismanic striker and told reporters that preparations for the tournament are at an advanced stage and his plans do not include the 36-year-old.
Sweden Aiming to Progress to the Knock-Out Round
Sweden have been drawn in Group F alongside Germany, Mexico and South Korea and following their exploits against Italy in November, many will fancy them to progress to the knock-out stages of the competition. They are 10.00 to finish top of the group whilst 888Sport make them 2.25 to finish in the top two. Andersson’s side can also be backed at 7.00 to reach the quarter-finals of the event.
Confidence is high in the camp and fans are expecting to see their side progress to the latter stages of the competition.