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Zlatan Ibrahimovic drops strong hint he'll make Sweden return at World Cup

Sweden’s all-time top scorer could be set to come out of international retirement to feature at the competition in Russia.

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ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC HAS dropped the strongest hint yet that he will be lining up for Sweden in the upcoming 2018 World Cup finals.

The ex-Manchester United striker retired from international following Euro 2016, and played no part in Sweden’s successful qualifying campaign for the tournament in Russia.

His time at Old Trafford, meanwhile, was cut short by a knee injury, and he eventually rescinded his United contract to join LA Galaxy in MLS.

Rumours of an international return, however, have been growing, and on Sunday Ibrahimovic suggested that he may well make an appearance in Russia.

“The chance of me playing in the World Cup is skyhöga (sky-high),” the star wrote on Twitter.

With 62 goals in 116 games, Zlatan is Sweden’s all-time top scorer and sixth most-capped player in history.

The former PSG, Barcelona and Milan man has represented his nation at two previous World Cup finals and four European Championships, a quarter-final finish in 2004 marking Sweden’s best tournament with Zlatan in the team.

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