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Sweden World Cup squad omits qualifying hero Jakob Johansson

Jakob Johansson scored against Italy.

Jakob Johansson, the scorer of the goal that qualified Sweden for the World Cup, will not be part of the country's 23-man squad heading to Russia.

AEK Athens midfielder Johansson was left out of the squad announced by Sweden coach Janne Andersson on Tuesday after he failed to recover from a serious knee injury sustained in the second leg of the European playoffs against Italy in November.

Sweden beat Italy 1-0 on aggregate, with Johansson netting the goal in the first leg in Stockholm.

Included...

Sweden united without Zlatan Ibrahimovic but struggling for form

Ian Darke leads the ESPN panel in predicting the 2018 World Cup winner with names of Germany, Brazil, France and England among the list.
The ESPN FC panel discuss Group F, which contains Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.

The 2018 World Cup is just over a month away and all 32 teams are preparing in earnest for their shot at the trophy in Russia. ESPN FC is previewing every team ahead of the opening game on June 14. Find all 32 teams here.

Who they are

Captain: Andreas Granqvist
Manager: Janne Andersson
Nickname: The Blue-Yellow
FIFA Rank (as of April 12, 2018): 23

How they qualified

Drawn into a tough UEFA Group A with France, Netherlands and Bulgaria, Sweden weren't given a lot of respect by the onlookers...



ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

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The ESPN FC crew are divided on whether Sweden should bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic back into the squad for this summer's World Cup.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his first MLS start with the winning goal in LA Galaxy's win over Bastian Schweinsteiger and the Chicago Fire.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic heads in what proved to be the winning goal for LA Galaxy at Chicago in his first MLS start.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic speaks exclusively to ESPN about his move to MLS, playing under Jose Mourinho and whether or not he'll play with Sweden at the World Cup.

LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be coming out of international retirement to represent Sweden at this summer's World Cup.

Ibrahimovic, who retired from international competition after Euro 2016, represented Sweden in the World Cup in 2002 and in 2006.

The 36-year-old striker, who moved to LA Galaxy from Manchester United last month, has frequently hinted at a desire to end that retirement after Sweden defeated Italy in a playoff to qualify for the World Cup for the first time...