However, in recent weeks, the idea of Ibrahimovic potentially making a shock return to the global fold for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation has prompted plenty of discussion. "He announced that he did not change the national team game - it is no", he said via the Swedish FA's official website.
The 36-year-old retired from global football ahead of joining Manchester United ahead of the 2016/17 campaign, during which he claimed 27 goals.
Los Angeles Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, of Sweden, celebrates his debut goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the Los Angeles FC Saturday, March 31, 2018, in Carson, Calif.
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"I talked to Zlatan on Tuesday", he said. But [am I] going to the World Cup?
Sweden's current team may have a role in that.
"If you rejected the team, I do not think you should come back".
Ibrahimovic last played in a World Cup with his national side in 2006, with Sweden failing to make the finals on the last two occasions. "If I say more, they will hang me, so I have to be careful what I say", said the Swede.