Sunday 25 September 2016

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to call time on Sweden career after Euros

Published 21/06/2016 | 16:03

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimović has said that he will call time on his international career when Euro 2016 comes to an end.

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The striker, who featured in the the Group E 1-1 draw with Ireland last week,  has scored 62 goals in 115 appearances for his country, but failed to wield any influence in the tournament thus far.

Following their match with Ireland, Sweden were beaten 1-0 by Italy and, unless they mange to upset the odds by beating Belgium in Nice tomorrow, their tournament will come to an end.

Ibrahimović, the team’s captain, is optimistic they can succeed where Ireland failed last Saturday but confirmed that, should they come up short, it will be the last time he represents his country.

“The last game for Sweden at the Euros will be my last game for Sweden. I hope it is not tomorrow.I will not play at the Olympics so I hope we go as far as possible here. Either way, I will not end disappointed. I am very proud to be captain of Sweden

“I want to thank all the supporters who have helped me achieve what I have done. Wherever I go I will always bring the Swedish flag with me and be proud of it. I will never be disappointed. Thank you everyone.”

The 34-year-old is a free agent following his departure form Paris Saint Germain, and is thought to be eager to link up Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

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