Zlatan Ibrahimovic has announced his return to the Swedish national team after a short break from international football raised doubts that he would ever return.
"What I have always said, is that I am proud to play for the national team," he said. "You can count on me to be there at the national team's next game."
Ibrahimovic explained his break was a result of Sweden failing to qualify for the FIFA World Cup™ after a defeat to Denmark.
"After the last game, when we didn't get into the World Cup, I felt my motivation disappear," he said.
"So I decided to give up. I had no desire to play. I'm a competitor, I play to win. After your career, you want to be remembered as someone who won," he said.
The striker said Sweden coach Erik Hamren awoke his motivation. "He has the same mentality as me. He promised me a medal," he said, sitting next to the coach and laughing with reporters.
Hamren called the player's decision 'excellent.' "A motivated Zlatan is worth gold for the Swedish team. He's one of the best players in the world," he said.