Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed that he will retire from international football at the end of Euro 2016, a decision that means the 34-year-old will not compete for at the 2016 Rio Olympics against Nigeria, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Ibrahimovic who has failed to score in Sweden’s first two matches at the current Euros was included in Sweden’s provisional squad for the Games.
Sweden are in the same group as Nigeria, Japan and Colombia are the other teams in the group.
“The last game for Sweden at the Euros will be my last game for Sweden. I hope it is not tomorrow,” Ibrahimovic told the media on Tuesday.
“I will not play at the Olympics so I hope we go as far as possible here. Either way, I will not end disappointed. I am very proud to be captain of Sweden.
“I want to thank all the supporters who have helped me achieve what I have done. Wherever I go I will always bring the Swedish flag with me and be proud of it. I will never be disappointed. Thank you everyone.”
Sweden will begin their Rio 2016 campaign against Colombia on 4 August in Manaus before battling Nigeria on 7 August in the same city. Their final group match will be against Japan in Salvador on 10 August.
Sweden have won two Olympic football bronze medals: at the 1924 and 1952 games, and gold at the 1948 Games.