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AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic shed some tears of pride when he returned to the Swedish national team after a four-year absence to qualify for the World Cup and said that his son didn’t want him to be Leaves home to join Janne Andersson’s squad.

The 39-year-old, who quit international football after the 2016 European Championship, choked when asked what his boys Maximilian (14) and 12- year-old Vincent thinks of his decision to answer his country’s call again and come back to the world stage. « Vincent cried when I left him, » Ibra said at a press conference before shedding a few tears himself when he felt he was returning to the national team alongside coach Andersson at his first meeting with the media since his recall.

Sweden’s all-time top scorer eiten with 62 goals in 116 games said in a newspaper interview at the end of 2020 that he wanted to end his international exile, and Andersson quickly flew to Milan to clarify the conditions for the return of the former captain.

« To play for the national team is the greatest thing you can do as a football player and when I followed them (Sweden) I felt like I can help them, I think I can do something, « Ibra told reporters.

The Striker was respectful of coach Andersson, with whom he has had a conflict in the media in the past.

« Of course it’s not up to me what a player wants and what a coach wants, it has to go together, » said he.

« I now have the opportunity to play for my country, and I’m doing it with honor, but it’s not just about – it sounds like I’m just happy to be here .. . but I’m here to get results.  » Bringing results for the coach, my teammates and the whole country. As much as I speak here, if I don’t get any results, it doesn’t mean anything, « added Ibrahimovic.

Sweden will host Georgia in their first World Cup qualification in 2022 on Thursday before visiting Kosovo three days later and with one Rounding off the friendly match against Estonia.

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