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Ibrahimovic pledges future to Sweden

Swedish Ibrahimovic has no intention of retiring from international football

AFP, Sunday 17 Jun 2012
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic eyes the ball (Photo: AP)
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Swedish captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic boosted his side's morale in timely fashion on Sunday by declaring he had no intention of retiring from international football despite their early exit from Euro 2012.

The 30-year-old AC Milan star - who scored in the opening 2-1 loss to co-hosts Ukraine - was adamant when asked about his future that he saw himself continuing after their final Group D game against France on Tuesday.

"Absolutely. My future is with the national side," said Ibrahimovic, who has scored in three successive Euros.

"I will continue to play for them."

Ibrahimovic, who was at fault for Ukraine's winner allowing Andrei Shevchenko to get ahead of him to head into the net, will be looked to to lead a younger generation of players as several other veterans are likely to retire.

Central defender Olof Mellberg, 34 and scorer of their second goal in the 3-2 defeat by England in their second match, midfielder Anders Svensson, who turns 36 in July, and 32-year-old forward Christian Wilhelmsson are expected to have played in their last major finals.

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