Forward of AC Milan Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns to the Sweden squad after a year away for the European Championship qualifying matches against Belgium and Azerbaijan later this month, Sweden coach Janne Andersson announced on Wednesday.
The 41-year-old played his last game for the national team in 2022 against Poland in a World Cup qualifying playoff loss, but has since struggled with a prolonged anterior cruciate ligament injury that kept him sidelined. .
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Ibrahimovic quit international soccer after Euro 2016, but returned in 2021 for their failed World Cup qualifier.
“I don’t see him as a starter. It will be more like he has been in Milan that there are substitution possibilities,” Andersson told reporters when asked how much Ibrahimovic will play.
Ibrahimovic is Sweden’s all-time top scorer, with 62 goals in 121 games.