Zlatan To Retire From International Football After Euro 2016
Sweden’s leading goal machine, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, will quit the national side and hang up his boots in his illustrious international career after completing his duties for his team at the Euro 2016 in France.
With a tough final Group E game against Belgium in Nice on Wednesday, the 34-year-old may be departing sooner rather than later.
“The last game for Sweden at the Euros will be my last game for Sweden. I hope it is not tomorrow,” Ibrahimovic said on Tuesday. “I will not play at the Olympics so I hope we go as far as possible here. Either way, I will not end disappointed. I am very proud to be captain of Sweden.
“I want to thank all the supporters who have helped me achieve what I have done. Wherever I go I will always bring the Swedish flag with me and be proud of it. I will never be disappointed. Thank you everyone.”
The Swede striker has scored 62 goals in 115 appearances.
Sweden need a win against Belgium in their final Group E game to stand a chance for qualification.
Ibrahimovic made his debut for Sweden against Faroe Islands in 2001 before being named in the national squad for the 2002 World Cup. He has also played at the World Cup in Germany four years later and has appeared in three separate European Championships.