Zlatan rules out playing in World Cup, says Swedish FA

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's World Cup return has finally been ruled out after the striker has hinted for months that he could come out of worldwide retirement. He said he has not changed his decision regarding playing in the national team. Without him, the team is left with John Guidetti and his one career Sweden goal, two guys over 30 that aren't world beaters in Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen and a bunch of unproven players.

Ibrahimovic, who retired from worldwide competition after Euro 2016, represented Sweden in the World Cup in 2002 and in 2006.

In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's show last week, the MLS's new star teased fans that he may come out of retirement to play in Russian Federation, suggesting that it "wouldn't be a World Cup if he didn't play" before adding that he would be going to Russian Federation (but stopped short of revealing in which capacity).

"I think Sweden is favourite to win the World Cup because they are better without Zlatan".

"I'm going to the World Cup, yes".

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Speculation about the 36-year-old, who retired from the national team after the 2016 European Championships in France, has been red-hot in recent weeks following his stunning debut for MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy after leaving Manchester United.

Ibrahimovic played on the Sweden World Cup teams in 2002 and 2006.

"It doesn't change anything for me", he said last month.

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