Raiola will try to persuade Zlatan to play in World Cup

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He posted the following picture on Twitter, accompanied by the caption: "We are Zweden".

Much talk is now turning to whether Ibrahimović could turn back his decision to retire, and return to the worldwide stage for one final pop at the World Cup with Sweden.

The result meant Andersson's men booked their place at the World Cup in Russian Federation having won the first-leg 1-0.

'This is incredible! This player [Ibrahimovic] has just stopped to play with Sweden one year and a half ago and we are still here talking about him, ' Andersson said.

The 36-year-old walked away from the national team after a disappointing group stage exit at Euro 2016, ending an global career that saw him score 62 goals, many of them spectacular, in 116 matches for his country.

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The Manchester United striker has not played for Sweden since their exit at Euro 2016 Group Stage in France and has been unable to play at all since a career-threatening knee injury while playing in the Europa League last season.

"Zlatan is, as I expressed it, our greatest player of all time, a fantastic athlete in every way, but he has chosen not to take part", he told a news conference in Milan on Tuesday.

Andersson, however, was quick to dismiss talk of a sensational return for the 36-year-old.

On the match itself at San Siro, Andersson added: "What I wanted to say was that this was the demonstration that our collective acted like this during the whole length of the play-offs".

Unsurprisingly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic found himself centre stage after the match despite not playing any part in the qualification campaign, largely because he retired from worldwide football over a year ago.