Frankfurt forward Branimir Hrgota has called on the Swedish FA to use Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic to help recruit young players for the senior national team.
The Manchester United forward took the decision in 2001 to play for Sweden, even though he could have represented Bosnia and Herzegovina or Croatia.
The Scandinavia country have lost several players to their parents’ countries of origin in recent years, and Hrgota has told Fotbollskanalen he believes Ibrahimovic could help persuade players to choose Sweden: “I definitely believe it could help if young players got a call from Zlatan.”
Last month OFK forward Saman Ghoddos announced he would be representing Iran over Sweden, and another player the Swedish FA may need to down is Leeds United summer signing Pawel Cibicki.
Last year the Leeds United forward decided to play for Sweden at this summer’s Euro U21s, even though he played for Poland at a younger level.
Poland also wanted the 23 year old to play for them this summer, and even though Cibick’s parents originate from the country, the Leeds United attacker wanted to represent his country of birth: “This was not such a big discussion. Both my mum and dad said I had to do what I felt. They have never complained about the choice I made either.”
However, despite playing for Sweden U21s on ten occasions, Poland still have the opportunity to persuade the Leeds United player to join their senior team. Like Cibicki, Ghoddos was also involved with Sweden’s U21s, but instead he choose Iran over his country of birth.
The Leeds United new signing may be getting a call from Zlatan soon.