Sweden coach Janne Andersson unhappy with Zlatan Ibrahimovic questions

Sweden coach unhappy with Zlatan questions

14/11/2017 at 17:31Updated 14/11/2017 at 19:00

Sweden manager Janne Andersson was incredulous after reporters asked about the possibility of Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning from international retirement in the aftermath of the country’s play-off win over Italy.

It was a heroic achievement for the Swedes, but even after such a stunning result, Andersson was hit with questions over whether Ibrahimovic, who retired following Euro 2016 with 62 goals in 116 caps, would be returning to international action.

The 36-year-old has not played since April due to a serious knee injury, but he is working on his rehabilitation at Manchester United.

"This is incredible! This player 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. Considering that he has decided to leave international football, he is a great champion, but we had to adapt and found another style."