"It's the best thing that can happen to a player, represent the country in a World Cup. It's a moment of memory, a moment of honor," Ibra told journalists.

Ibrahimovic is Sweden's all-time top goalscorer, having netted 62 goals in 116 matches before retiring from international football after Euro 2016 in France.

Sweden, who have qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 2006, will play defending champions Germany, Mexico and South Korea.