'Return of the God': Zlatan back at Sweden

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has come out of international soccer retirement and been named in the Sweden squad for the first time since 2016 ahead of World Cup qualifiers.

Ibrahimovic, 39, will become the oldest player to appear for Sweden if he gets on the pitch to add to his 116 international appearances, in which he has scored 62 goals.

"The return of the God," the charismatic AC Milan striker wrote on Twitter to announce his comeback.

Sweden will play World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Kosovo on March 25 and 28 respectively before a friendly at home to Estonia on March 31.

Ibrahimovic has been in outstanding form once again this season, scoring 16 goals in 21 appearances as Milan try to chase down rivals Inter in the Serie A title race.

Sweden coach Janne Andersson welcomed the news that Ibrahimovic, the country's record goalscorer, had made himself available for the national team once again.

"First of all, he is a very good footballer, the best we have had in Sweden," Andersson said on the federation's website.

"Of course it's very nice that he wants to come back. In addition to what he can contribute on the pitch, he has incredible experience and can contribute that to the other players in the team."