Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic has decided to call time on his international career and he will retire after Euro 2016.
Sweden are set to play Belgium in the Euros on Wednesday night and it could very well be the 34-year-old’s last international appearance if they fail to beat their Group E opponents.
Sweden have already drawn with Republic of Ireland 1-1 and lost to Italy 1-0, so nothing short of win for Erik Hamren’s side will be enough for the Swedes to progress into the last 16.
Ibrahimovic has said he hopes this will not be the case: “The last game (at Euro 2016) will be my last for Sweden, so I hope it will not be tomorrow.
“I am very proud of what I have achieved and will always bring the Swedish flag with me,” he told the Swedish federations website.
The veteran was expected to compete for Sweden at the Rio Olympics in August but has confirmed this won’t be the case either.
“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.”
The experienced striker, who looks set to join Manchester United this summer, hasn’t had the best of tournaments so far in this year Euros and has failed to register a goal.
However ‘the Zlatan’ has still become his country’s top goalscorer with 62 goals in 116 appearances and on Wednesday night will look to bid once again to become the first ever player to score in four different European Championship finals.