Zlatan Ibrahimovic hailed his return to the Sweden international fold, insisting that he can still produce “ninja” moments that have adourned his career.
The 39-year-old AC Milan forward was reintroduced to international reckoning in his nation’s 1-0 victory over Georgia, four-and-a-half years after originally announcing his retirement.
Whilst he could not mark his return with a goal, Ibrahimovic was still thrilled with donning the Sweden shirt once more and also insisting he is still more than capable of producing the spectacular for his nation.
Speaking after the match, he said: “When I play, I try to do my things.
“There is nothing that I plan to do or think to do before a game; it’s just impulsive stuff. I can still do those movements, that ninja stuff. I still have it in me, even if I’m 39.
“The feeling was amazing. I just missed the Swedish crowd, the fans, because the last time I played here was a full stadium and the atmosphere is different when it’s full but the rest was amazing.
“I was very happy. I was very proud. I had a great feeling when I was on the field and I tried to give my best, like every time, to help the team-mates and to help myself to perform.”
Ibrahimovic will be hoping to have an impact as Sweden are back in action once more against Kosovo on Sunday. He can be backed at a price of 5/2 with Betfair to score the opening goal of the game.