Ibrahimovic to retire from international football after EURO 2016

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has announced he will retire from international football after UEFA EURO 2016.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action for Sweden. Source: Getty Images

The 34 year-old announced his intentions at a press conference in Nice on Tuesday, a day ahead of a key Group E game against Belgium.

He said, according to the Swedish federation's website: "Sweden's last game at the European Championship will be my last match for Sweden. I hope it will not be tomorrow."

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Ibrahimovic, who left Paris St Germain at the end of last season, has been linked with a move to Manchester United as he looks to extend his club career.

He had been included in a provisional Sweden squad for the Olympic football tournament but has ruled out playing in Rio.

The Olympics coincides with the start of major domestic football seasons in Europe.

Ibrahimovic said: "I will not participate in the Olympics.

"I want to thank all the supporters who have helped me to achieve what I have done. Wherever I go, I will always take with me the Swedish flag and be proud of it. I will never be disappointed. So thanks to all."


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Published 22 June 2016 at 12:01am
Source: PA Sport