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Could Zlatan come out of retirement for 2018 World Cup?

Could Zlatan come out of retirement for 2018 World Cup?”

A doggedly determined 0-0 draw in Milan secured the visitors a 1-0 aggregate win over Italy, consigning the four-time world champions to a first qualifying failure in six decades.

Sweden's top scorer should be available again for Man United in the new year and a return to his goalscoring form of last season could see Zlatan angling for a place at the World Cup.

Playing in front of 70,000 fans, Italy were the dominant side, but they could not overturn Sweden's first-leg advantage.

Meanwhile, Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon was left distraught after the match, as he said: "I'm not sorry for myself but all of Italian football".

"There is certainly a future for Italian football, as we have pride, ability, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet".

But while Sweden may lack the star players of past generations, their coach riled at suggestions that Ibrahimovic might be tempted out of global retirement ahead of Russian Federation 2018. I have to evaluate an infinity of things.

"It's a very heavy result to bear, because I was absolutely convinced that we had this ferocious desire to overcome the obstacle".

"Guys, we didn't lose the World Cup today [Monday]". By Tuesday, it had over a million likes on Instagram, but Andersson didn't seem entirely positive about a possible return.

Italy's players collapsed onto the pitch in despair as the final whistle went and even veterans such as Giorgio Chiellini were inconsolable.

"The players are not innocent either - not managing to score a single goal in two matches against Sweden is unforgivable". Play-offs are decided by episodes and they went against us but you can understand that when you're at fault. "I just thought perhaps it was better that Insigne come on instead".

Actor, presenter and Italy fan Paolo Ruffini asked: "What the hell are we going to do next summer?"

"Apocalypse Azzurra", said the headline of La Stampa newspaper, referring to the unofficial name of the team whose bright blue jerseys reflect the azure of the Mediterranean Sea.



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