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Ibrahimovic Sweden keeps 'focus' on World Cup: Granqvist

AFP  |  Gelendzhik (Russia) 

have moved on from the Zlatan Ibrahimovic era and are focusing only on the World Cup, team said after arriving at their coast team base.

The 36-year-old Swedish icon retired from the national team after Euro 2016 but speculation lingered in the run-up to the squad announcement last month that the former Juventus, AC Milan, and Manchester United striker could make an international comeback.

"Zlatan has been the best for for many years, but after he said that he would finish with the international team, we respected his answer," said in Gelendzhik after the team's first training session.

"We must focus on us, we are here now, the squad that has been selected is the one that will play," the 33-year-old Krasnodar defender told AFP.

replaced Ibrahimovic as captain, and won the Swedish of the year award in 2017, the first time anyone other than his predecessor won the award since 2006.

In Group F, open their against in Nizhny Novgorod on June 18, before facing reigning World champions and

said he was not concerned that the Nordic side has won just one of six games since dramatically ousting in a playoff last November.

"Friendlies are very different from competitive games like against Italy, we feel confident about the World Cup," he said.

Sweden also beat in qualifying, and came ahead of the who failed to make it to

Apart from a minor concern over a John Guidetti wrist sprain, the Swedish camp reported no worries.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 10:10 IST
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