After sealing Sweden’s win against Milan on Monday, boss Janne Andersson dismissed talks of former captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic coming back to re-join the country after they qualified for the 2018 World Cup.
Sweden created a great defence to hold four-time world champions Italy to a goalless draw in Milan and securing a 1-0 victory.
Sweden’s win condemned Italy to miss the World Cup for the first time since 1958. However, the post-match talk quickly turned to the possible return of Sweden’s all-time leading goalscorer Ibrahimovic who retired from international football following Euro 2016.
During the interview, coach Andersson made sure that the focus of the interview would be with his players who sealed the country’s way to Russia in 2018.
“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 said.
“Gosh, we need to talk about the great players we have in this team I believe.”
“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.
“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.
“But considering that he has decided to leave international football, he is a great champion but we had to adapt and found another style/game.”