Zlatan Believes He’s Going to the World Cup

He retired from international soccer in 2016, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic still believes he's going to Russia.

Like most of his media appearances, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live was a memorable one, and was highlighted by his signature self-confidence and brutally honest answers.

But from a soccer perspective, his promise of an appearance at this year’s World Cup came as a major surprise, as he retired from the Swedish national team in 2016. "I'm going to the World Cup, yes. If I say more, they will hang me, so I have to be careful what I say. A World Cup without me wouldn't be a World Cup" Zlatan told Kimmel.

Although fans were hopeful that there was some legitimacy to Zlatan’s World Cup promise, Swedish manager Janne Andersson appears to have no interest in adding LA Galaxy’s marquee signing to his squad:

“No, absolutely not. Zlatan and a number of other players said they did not want to join the national team after the (2016) European Championships in France, and I respect that.”

Despite Zlatan’s promise, Sweden seem to be coping fine without the charismatic striker, upsetting four-time champions Italy in a World Cup qualifying playoff last year to book their spot in Russia.

Regardless of Andersson’s reluctance to consider Zlatan as part of his plans, we get the feeling that the Swedish star will continue making headlines in LA. And the man himself also revealed that he feels “sorry” for Americans who do not follow the world game. "My confidence is very high. I chose football. I'm sorry for the fans cheering for other sports”.

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