Ibrahimovic back in Sweden squad

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (AP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has come out of international retirement at the age of 39 and is set to play for Sweden for the first time since the 2016 European Championship.

The charismatic AC Milan striker was included yesterday in Sweden’s squad for World Cup qualifiers against Georgia on March 25 and Kosovo three days later, as well as a friendly against Estonia on March 31.

Ibrahimovic scored a national record 62 goals in 112 games for Sweden from 2001-16.

Without the country’s most high-profile player, Sweden reached the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia — its best performance in the competition since 1994.

Now he is in line to play at the continent-wide Euros scheduled for June and July this year. Sweden is in the same group as Spain, Poland and Slovakia.

“First and foremost, he is a very good football player, the best we have had in Sweden,” Sweden coach Janne Andersson said. “It is, of course, very fun that he wants to come back.

“In addition to what he can contribute on the pitch, he has incredible experience and can contribute it to other players in the team.”

File photo shows Sweden’s forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action during the Euro 2016 group E football match between Sweden and Belgium at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice. PHOTO: AFP