Zlatan Ibrahimovic slams Swedish media over World Cup absence
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 08/06/18 1:38pm
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has blamed the Swedish media for his absence from their World Cup squad.
The LA Galaxy striker retired from international football after Sweden's exit from Euro 2016 but there had been speculation he may return to play in Russia this summer.
The 36-year-old was left out of Sweden manager Janne Andersson's final 23 for the tournament, however.
Ibrahimovic has scored 62 goals in 116 appearances for his country but Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen and Isaac Kiese Thelin will compete for places in attack at this summer's tournament.
Ibrahimovic is unhappy with the media in his home country and - speaking about himself in the third person - he let his feelings be known in an interview with his club side.
"The media says they are better without me so that's why I believe in them," he said.
"This is the Swedish media mentality. I don't have a typical Swedish name. I'm not the typical Swedish attitude, behaviour and that and still I have the record in the national team.
"I think it's the biggest party in football, playing in the World Cup. All the best players are there. Zlatan is not there so… he should have been there. But he's not there.
'I won what I won. I played in Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, Milan, PSG, Manchester United and Galaxy.
"So if you don't know how to do it collective why did you play in the biggest teams in the world, and you won? I know how to win, trust me. And I do it good."
Sweden play South Korea in Nizhny Novgorod on June 18 in their opening Group F game before they take on defending champions Germany and then Mexico.