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Time to focus on us, not Zlatan: Sweden captain Granqvist

Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

Published: 13.Jun.2018 07:10 hrs

Sweden have moved on from the Zlatan Ibrahimovic era and are focusing only on the World Cup, team captain Andreas Granqvist said on Tuesday after arriving at their Black Sea coast team base ahead of the tournament.

The 36-year-old Swedish icon retired from the national team after Euro 2016 but speculation lingered in the run-up to the squad announcement last month that the former Juventus, AC Milan, Barcelona and Manchester United striker could make an international comeback. 

"Zlatan has been the best player for Sweden for many years, but after the European Championships he said that he would finish with the international team, we respected his answer," said Granqvist in Gelendzhik after the team's first training session.   

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