Sweden boss baffled and frustrated by talk of Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning for the World Cup in Russia
Sweden manager Janne Andersson has dismissed suggestions Zlatan Ibrahimovic could come out of international retirement after his side booked their place at the 2018 World Cup at the expense of Italy.
The Swedes held out for a dogged 0-0 draw at the San Siro on Monday night to seal a 1-0 win on aggregate.
After the game Ibrahimovic, who announced his retirement from international football last summer, marked his country's remarkable achievement with a tweet reading: "We are Zweden", along with an image of his former teammates celebrating.
The post sparked rumours that the 36-year-old was set to make a dramatic comeback in time for next year's tournament in Russia.
We are Zweden pic.twitter.com/rDXzRImev4— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) November 13, 2017
Janne Andersson chose to dismiss talk that Ibrahimovic could make his international comeback after Sweden held out for a 0-0 draw to secure qualification to next year's World Cup.
"This is incredible! This player [Ibrahimovic] has just stopped to play with Sweden one year and a half ago and we are still here talking about him," Andersson told reporters post-match.
"Gosh, we need to talk about the great players we have in this team I believe."
Ibrahimovic was in the stands to watch Sweden's first-leg win over the Azzurri but it is understood he was not in attendance in Milan.
"What I wanted to say was that this was the demonstration that our collective acted like this during the whole length of the play-offs," Andersson added.
"We have many heroes tonight. I am a bit moved but obviously very happy with the result."
"When Ibrahimovic was here with us we played a different style of football," he continued.
"Considering that he has decided to leave international football, he is a great champion, but we had to adapt and found another style."
Ibrahimovic is understood to be just weeks away from making a return to first-team football with Manchester United after recovering from knee ligament damage sustained in Europa League last season.