Ibrahimovic on Sweden recall: I’m not in the squad just because my name is Zlatan
Posted On March 18, 2021
Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists he deserves his place in the Swedish squad, even though he is no longer the same player he was when his national team last played in 2016.
The Milan striker has been called up by Janne Andersson for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against Kosovo and Georgia, as well as the friendly with Estonia, paving the way for him to potentially play Euro 2020. .
He celebrated his first summons in nearly five years by posting on Twitter a photo of himself wearing a Swedish jersey with the caption: “The Return of God”.
Ibrahimovic, who turns 40 in October, is the top scorer in Swedish history with 62 international goals, the last of those against Denmark in November 2015.
And having also impressed in Serie A this season with 14 goals in as many appearances, the ex-Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain forward believes he can still make an impact.
“I don’t want to be seen and called out for what I’ve done before, but for what I can give now,” he told the Swedish Football Association’s official YouTube channel.
“I can’t be the player I had five, 10, 15 or 20 years ago. Now I have a completely different physique and a completely different game.
“But I keep a very high level. You do not have to worry. I am not on the list of players because my name is Zlatan and I am Ibrahimovic.
“It’s because of what I add to the team and what I’ve accomplished. I think I deserve it.
Andersson previously ruled out a recall for Ibrahimovic, but his position changed after a “big conversation” with the 116-headed ace in November.