Whether the AC Milan striker is actually in the starting line-up is not yet clear, but of course Ibrahimovic thinks he is ready. “I am back with the Swedish team because I deserve it. I train very hard, but I have learned to be patient. Both on and off the field ”, said the Swede, who was active with his national team at four European Championships and two World Championships.
We can see what those words are worth in the next week and a half. In addition to the encounter with Georgia, Sweden also plays against Kosovo. After he was retired as an international during the European Championship 2016, Ibrahimovic thinks he can make the team better. “I have come back to perform, but I am only a small puzzle piece in the whole.”
That the return of ‘Ibracadabra’ not only stirred up emotions in his homeland, but also in his family, did the tall striker something. When asked about how his family reacted to his return to Sweden, Ibrahimovic actually had a hard time. “That’s not a good question. I had my son Vincent with me who cried when I left him. But now it’s okay ”, after which the attacker had to shed a tear.
Lukaku available for Belgium
Romelu Lukaku can still participate with Belgium in the upcoming qualifying series. The striker has been released by his club Inter and the Italian health authorities after testing negative for the corona virus.
Belgium will play against Wales (Wednesday in Leuven), the Czech Republic (March 27 in Prague) and Belarus (March 30 again in Leuven). Last week, several Inter players tested positive for the virus, including Stefan de Vrij.
The internationals Christian Eriksen (Denmark), Achraf Hakimi (Morocco), Milan Skriniar (Slovakia), Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic (Croatia) from Inter may also be allowed to join the selection of their country, although this has not yet been officially confirmed.
The local health authority ATS in the Milan region had therefore initially prohibited the players of Inter from leaving the country. Under pressure from the national federations and after the negative tests, this ban no longer applies to foreign players.