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I can't have zero World Cup goals - Ibrahimovic targets Qatar 2022

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Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is hoping to play in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, when he will be 41.

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Ibrahimovic has unfinished business at the World Cup.

The 39-year-old has come out of international retirement and is set to play his first match for Sweden since 2016 in a World Cup qualifier against Georgia in Stockholm on Thursday.

Ibrahimovic's initial aim is to play for Sweden at the European Championship starting in June but looming further in the distance is the World Cup in Qatar that takes place in late 2022 - when he will be 41.

Ibrahimovic has played in two World Cups - in 2002 and 2006 - and never scored a goal. He wants to fill that gap on his bulging resume.

"That is something I will beat because I can't have a zero," Ibrahimovic said Tuesday, smiling.

"Looking too far ahead is dangerous. I must think more about what happens the next day.

"But If I feel the way I do today, I will be there."

The AC Milan striker interspersed moments of typical brashness with moments of humility as he spoke for nearly an hour at a press conference in Stockholm.

He even appeared to weep as he recalled saying farewell to his family and two sons before travelling to Sweden for the upcoming games against Georgia, Kosovo and Estonia.

Ibrahimovic, Sweden's record scorer with 62 goals from 112 appearances, said he had missed playing for the national team and was as enthusiastic as he has ever been.

"The head is sometimes faster than the legs can handle," he said.

"But right now, it's just about feeling good, performing and every time I go out on the field I'm like a little child kicking the ball for the first time.

"If the head gets to decide, I never stop. I'm not the same player as before, but I continue to perform."

Ibrahimovic said a serious knee injury he sustained while playing for Manchester United in 2017, which kept him out for seven months, changed his mindset about his career.

He only played seven more games for United, eventually moving to Los Angeles Galaxy where he spent two seasons.

He returned to top-level European football at AC Milan in late 2019 and feels his displays in Italy prove he is still capable of performing well at international level.

"He is young, very young," Ibrahimovic said, speaking about himself. "And each day that passes, the younger he gets."

Ibrahimovic said he has received some playful taunts about his age from teammates since linking up with the Sweden squad but it is clear he is still held in great esteem by the country's players.

Emil Forsberg and Alexander Isak offered to give him their shirt numbers and Ibrahimovic said he has taken up Isak's offer.

"He said he'll get it back in six or seven years when I quit," Ibrahimovic said.

Source AAP