Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be coming out of retirement to play for his country at the 2018 Russia World Cup., as per the BBC.

The current LA Galaxy and former Manchester United striker who is now 36, said he would attend the tournament but didn’t specify for what reason.

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Zlatan, who scored an outstanding goal on his LA Galaxy debut, still appears to be in fantastic shape, keeping himself fit and he still looks to be somewhere near his best.

However, the Swedish team have performed well as a squad since the departure of Ibrahimovic back in 2016. They are no longer functioning as a one-man team, qualifying for the 2018 Russia World Cup playing some great football, beating Italy in the playoffs to qualify.

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Swedish FA chief Lars Richt said:

I talked to Zlatan on Tuesday. He announced he did not change his mind about the national team – it is no.

This statement from Zlatan would appear to extinguish any idea that he was going to appear at the World Cup for the men in yellow.

Ibrahimovic retired from international football after a disappointing Euro 2016 but had been hinting that he could return to play this summer.

Sweden are in group F for the World Cup and will come up against Germany, Mexico and South Korea and they’ll play all three games without Ibrahimovic in their line-up.