Ibrahimovic returns to Swedish fold for Euro qualifier

Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, absent from the Swedish national side in recent months, will be available for selection for their Euro 2008 championships qualifier against Northern Ireland, the Swedish football association said on Friday.

“After discussions with Zlatan he is now available for the national team,” Swedish coaches Lars Lagerbäck and Roland Andersson said in a statement published on the Swedish FA’s website.

Sweden were without the striker for their Group F Euro 2008 championships qualifying matches against Iceland and group favourites Spain in October.

The 25-year-old Inter Milan forward has not played for his country since Lagerbäck cut him from the selection against Liechtenstein, after he went out partying on the eve of the September 6 Euro qualifier.

Sweden face Northern Ireland on March 28 in Belfast.