Friday 23rd February, 2018
-9 ℃ | 0 ℃Stockholm

As you might have heard, Sweden battled their way to the 2018 World Cup at the expense of Italy after hammering out a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their playoff.

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

Still, the veteran striker injected himself into the celebrations by posting a photo of the victorious Swedish team on social media, along with the caption "We Are Zweden".

We are Zweden

- Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) November 13, 2017

Indeed, Sweden coach Janne Andersson was visibly irked in his postmatch news conference when the main topic of discussion appeared not to be his team's success, but rather the prospect of Ibrahimovic reversing his retirement to appear in Russia next summer.

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

"Gosh, we need to talk about the great players we have in this team I believe."

We can think of one person who is most definitely revelling in all this feverish Zlatan chatter, and his name begins with a "Z".

Chris covers the funny side of the game for ESPN FC in the Toe Poke blog.

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