Ibrahimović to retire from international football

Sweden's final Group E encounter against Belgium has taken on a new significance with Zlatan Ibrahimović having confirmed this will be his last major tournament.

Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden)

Zlatan Ibrahimović has confirmed that UEFA EURO 2016 will be his last major tournament, meaning Wednesday's encounter with Belgium could end up being the 34-year-old's 116th and final game for Sweden. 

"The last game at the EUROs will be my last game for Sweden, so I hope it won't be tomorrow," Ibrahimović said at the pre-match press conference. "I won't participate in the Olympics, because my last game will be the last game Sweden does in this EURO. So let's hope it goes as long as possible. To finish in a disappointment: never!

"I'm very proud to be the captain of Sweden and of what I have achieved. I want to take this moment and thank all the supporters because they made it possible for me to achieve what I have achieved. Without them it wouldn't have been possible.

"Wherever I go, I will always bring the Swedish flag with me and stand with it. For me disappointment doesn't exist. Only proudness and grateful and very thankful. So thank you."

Watch Ibrahimović announce his retirement
Watch Ibrahimović announce his retirement

Sweden need a win to have any realistic hope of qualifying for the next phase of the competition, having taken just one point from their opening two games. Ibrahimović, meanwhile, has been unable to add to his tally of six EURO finals goals, and he and Cristiano Ronaldo have both been frustrated in their aim to become the first players to score at four EUROs.

With 62 goals for his country since making his debut in 2001, Ibrahimović is his nation's all-time top scorer.

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