Crunch time for Zlatan: Sweden names 2018 World Cup squad

WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN--29 DAYS

Sweden coach Janne Andersson named a 23-man World Cup squad on Tuesday that dashed the remaining faint hopes of fans expecting to see Zlatan Ibrahimovic feature at Russia 2018.

Sweden beat Italy in the World Cup play-offs last November, sparking speculation that former Juventus, AC Milan, Barcelona and Man United striker Ibrahimovic would come out of international retirement.

Two weeks ago the 6ft 4ins (1.95m) striker, who quit the national squad in 2016 and is now playing for Los Angeles Galaxy in Major Soccer League, said he would not change his mind on the matter.

Sweden squad for the 2018 World Cup:

Goalkeepers: Robin Olsen (FC Copenhagen/DEN), Kristoffer Nordfeldt  (Swansea/ENG), Karl-Johan Johnsson (Guingamp/FRA).

Defenders: Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar/RUS), Victor Nilsson Lindelöf,  (Manchester United/ENG), Mikael Lustig (Celtic/SCO), Ludwig Augustinsson  (Werder Bremen/GER), Pontus Jansson (Leeds/ENG), Emil Krafth (Bologna/ITA),  Filip Helander (Bologna/ITA), Martin Olsson (Swansea/ENG).

Midfielders: Sebastian Larsson (Hull/ENG), Gustav Svensson (Seattle Sounders FC/USA), Albin Ekdal (Hamburg/GER), Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig/GER), Viktor Claesson (Krasnodar/RUS), Jimmy Durmaz (Toulouse/FRA), Marcus Rohden (Crotone/ITA), Oscar Hiljemark (Genoa/ITA)

Forwards: Marcus Berg (Al Ain/UAE), John Guidetti (Alaves/ESP), Isaac Kiese-Thelin (Waslan Beeveren/BEL), Ola Toivonen (Toulouse/FRA)

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