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Zlatan Ibrahimovic NOT Named in Final Lineup

16 May 2018

Sweden have announced their 23-man preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup. It was when Sweden beat Italy in the World Cup playoffs in November a year ago it was speculated that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would come back.

Many had hoped Ibrahimovic would return especially given his impact and fitness in Major League Soccer since leaving Old Trafford two months ago.

Goalies: Robin Olsen (Copenhagen, Denmark), Carl Johan Jonsson (Guingamp, France), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Swansea, Wales).

Sweden, who are led by head coach Janne Andersson, is now 23rd in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings.

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof and Leeds United centre-back Pontus Jansson make the cut.

Included among the eight midfielders was Albin Ekdal, who recovered from injury to play the final games of the Bundesliga with Hamburger SV.

However, the 36 said on his social media handle that he will come out of retirement to gatecrash his country's World Cup squad.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic NOT Named in Final Lineup