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Crunch time for Zlatan: Sweden names 2018 World Cup squad

Sweden celebrating after qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Published: 16.May.2018 06:58 hrs

Sweden coach Janne Andersson named a 23-man World Cup squad on Tuesday that dashed the remaining faint hopes of fans expecting to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic feature at Russia 2018.

Sweden beat Italy in the World Cup play-offs last November, sparking  speculation that former Juventus, AC Milan, Barcelona and Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic would come out of international retirement.

Two weeks ago the 6ft 4ins (1.95m) striker, who quit the national squad in  2016 and is now playing for Los Angeles Galaxy in Major Soccer League, said he would not change his mind on the matter.

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