At the age of 41, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been called up to the Sweden squad for their upcoming European Championship qualifiers, a year after his last cap. The AC Milan forward has been sidelined for much of the season due to a knee injury, but has made three appearances from the bench for his club.

Sweden will face Belgium and Azerbaijan later this month and boss Janne Andersson has stated that he does not see Ibrahimovic as a starter, but his inclusion in the squad will offer more “substitution possibilities” for the team. The former Manchester United and Paris St-Germain striker is Sweden’s all-time top scorer with 62 goals in 121 matches.

Ibrahimovic quit international football after Euro 2016 but returned in 2021 for their unsuccessful World Cup qualifying campaign. Despite their disappointment in the World Cup qualifiers, Sweden will be hoping that the inclusion of Ibrahimovic in the squad can give them a boost in their Euro qualifiers.

Although he may not be a starter for the team, Ibrahimovic’s experience and talent could prove invaluable for Sweden as they look to secure their place in the European Championship. Fans will be eager to see the legendary striker back in action for his country, and if he can replicate the form he has shown throughout his career, then Sweden will surely be a force to be reckoned with in their upcoming matches.