Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been called up by the Swedish national team after five years for World Cup 2022 qualifiers. Sweden will play against Georgia and Kosovo at the back end of March.
The 39-year-old forward retired from the national team after their exit from the Euro 2016 group stages. Sweden finished bottom of the table. And Ibrahimovic managed only one on target in three games and could not find the back of the net.
The Swede turns 40 in October, however, despite his age, he is having a great season. And continuing to score one goal a game on average in Serie A.
The reason behind Ibrahimovic’ return:
Ibrahimovic signed for the Serie A club AC Milan in January 2020 after a great season for LA Galaxy.
Zlatan has played 14 Serie A games this season and managed to score 14 goals. In his second stint with the Rossoneri, he has scored 24 goals in 32 games since arriving in January 2020.
This kind of form forced the Swedish FA to recall Zlatan as they don’t have other top-class forward. Sweden doesn’t have any player to replace him currently.
Ibrahimovic is Sweden’s record goalscorer with 62 goals in 116 games. He is one of ten players to have made more than 100 appearances for the Swedish National Team. Also, he has been awarded Sweden’s Player of the Year a record 12 times.
The forward has had some injury problems this season where he missed half of the games for Milan. It will be interesting to see if Zlatan can remain fit until the end of the season and participate in the Euro 2021. He probably wouldn’t have gotten this opportunity if it wasn’t for the pandemic caused by Covid-19.
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