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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's World Cup hopes rest on call to Sweden coach

Sweden coach Janne Andersson says Zlatan Ibrahimovic must pick up the phone and call if he has any chance of being included in this summer's World Cup squad.

Ibrahimovic retired from international football after Euro 2016, but he has dropped regular hints in recent months that he would like to return for the World Cup.

The LA Galaxy forward said last week "I am going to the World Cup, yes!" -- although he would not say whether his role would be as a player or pundit.

And speaking to German outlet...

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic eager to play alongside Giovani dos Santos with LA Galaxy

Zlatan Ibrahimovic heads in what proved to be the winning goal for LA Galaxy at Chicago in his first MLS start.
Giovani Dos Santos is more than happy with his decision to play for the Galaxy and says he'd still choose LA if bigger clubs in Europe chased his signature.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is optimistic that he will finally be able to play alongside his teammate Giovani dos Santos when the LA Galaxy take on Atlanta United on Saturday.

The two have yet to play an MLS match together since Ibrahimovic's debut on March 31, as Dos Santos has not seen action since the beginning of March when he suffered a leg injury during the second match of the season.

But Ibrahimovic told ESPN that he liked what he has seen from the Mexico international.

"I have seen him play before,...

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LA Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic considering becoming an action star

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is considering a new career.

Lights. Cameras. Zlatan?

Oh yes, Toe Poke friends, what we've always dreamed could soon become big-screen reality. Everyone's favourite Swashbuckling Swede -- the one and only Zlatan Ibrahimovic -- has admitted he's considering a career as a film star.

And who can blame him?

His larger-than-life presence and penchant for delivering meme-worthy punchlines are a natural fit for Hollywood. Add to his resume his well-documented martial arts prowess, and well ... duh! The LA Galaxy man...

 By Ian Holyman

Zlatan Ibrahimovic return at World Cup may disrupt Sweden 'collective' - Johnsson

LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hinted he may return to Sweden national team for Russia 2018.
The ESPN FC crew are divided on whether Sweden should bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic back into the squad for this summer's World Cup.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his first MLS start with the winning goal in LA Galaxy's win over Bastian Schweinsteiger and the Chicago Fire.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaks exclusively to ESPN about his move to MLS, playing under Jose Mourinho and whether or not he'll play with Sweden at the World Cup.

The return of "individualist" Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Sweden squad for the World Cup could disrupt the dynamic that earned them a place in Russia, goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson has said.

Ibrahimovic retired from international football after his country were knocked out of Euro 2016, but since Janne Andersson's squad saw off Italy in a dramatic qualification playoff the LA Galaxy forward has dropped regular hints that he would welcome a return to the international fold.

But Johnsson, who is back-up...

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Sweden return: 'A World Cup without me wouldn't be a World Cup'

The ESPN FC crew are divided on whether Sweden should bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic back for the World Cup.
The ESPN FC crew are divided on whether Sweden should bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic back for the World Cup.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has pledged to be at the World Cup in Russia this summer, telling television host Jimmy Kimmel it "wouldn't be a World Cup" if he wasn't there.

Ibrahimovic, who retired from international competition after Euro 2016, represented Sweden in the World Cup in 2002 and in 2006.

But the striker, who moved to LA Galaxy from Manchester United last month, has frequently expressed a desire to end that retirement after Sweden defeated Italy in a playoff to qualify for the World Cup for the...