Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic back? Veteran striker ‘set to return for Sweden in this month’s World Cup qualifiers’ after not playing for his national team since Euro 2016, despite AC Milan star insisting last year he wouldn’t make a comeback

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to make a sensational international return for Sweden after a four-year hiatus, according to reports in his homeland.

The veteran ace last played for his country at Euro 2016 and even insisted last year that he did not plan to make a return.

FotbollDirekt have claimed that Ibrahimovic will pull on Sweden’s jersey once again, however, for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Multiple sources have told the publication that the 39-year-old will feature against Georgia on March 25 and Kosovo on March 28 – as well as the friendly with Estonia. 

Janne Andersson’s squad is expected to be unveiled on March 16 and it is said to be increasingly likely that Ibrahimovic will receive another call-up.

Ibrahimovic set to make his return for Sweden

Speculation has mounted over a comeback since last autumn, with Ibrahimovic, renowned as Sweden’s greatest ever player, meeting boss Andersson in Milan

Andersson admitted in Olof Lundh’s podcast that the November summit took place, but explained the discussions only resulted in an agreement to stay in touch.

AC Milan, Ibrahimovic’s current club, are believed to have been informed of Sweden’s desire to select him later this month. 

Ibrahimovic has scored 62 goals in 116 appearances for Sweden, making him the record goal scorer for his nation. 

It did appear as though his fairytale return to the biggest stage of them had been ruled out completely, though.

AC Milan’s Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts after he scored an offside goal during the Italian serie A football match Napoli vs AC Milan on November 22, 2020 at the San Paolo stadium in Naples. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP)

An Instagram post from Ibrahimovic showed him playing for Sweden and was captioned ‘Long time no see’. 

He soon clarified that the upload was, bizarrely, an attempt to get under the skin of people in his homeland.

Ibrahimovic’s fine form continues to defy his advancing age, with the target man having netted 14 goals in as many games this season in Serie A for Milan. 

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