Football By Joe Crilly

Superman Returns: Ibrahimovic 4/1 For Sweden U-Turn…Conte Second Favourite For Italy Job

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is 4/1 with William Hill to come out of international retirement and play for Sweden in the 2018 World Cup after his nation squeaked past Italy.


“Ibra’s former teammates have done incredibly well to make it to Russia but there is no doubting that his return would make them a stronger side and there would clearly be a spot for him in the squad should he want one,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.


Sweden’s progression came at the expense of Italy who failed to qualify for a World Cup for the first time since 1958 and it appears highly likely that Gian Piero Ventura will step down from his role as manager if he has not already done so.


William Hill make Carlo Ancelotti the 7/4 favourite to be named as the next permanent boss with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, the 11/4 second favourite. Roberto Mancini rounds off the top three at 9/2.


Gianluigi Buffon, who seems to have played his last game for the Azzurri, is 33/1 to get the job.


“Worryingly for Chelsea fans, their manager is the second favourite to return to the Italian helm, however, in Carlo Ancelotti, there is a ready-made replacement who is out of a job,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.


4/1          Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be included in Sweden’s 23 man squad for the 2018 World Cup


Next permanent Italy manager: 7/4 Carlo Ancelotti; 11/4 Antonio Conte; 9/2 Roberto Mancini; 7/1 Massimiliano Allegri; 10/1 Luigi Di Biagio; 12/1 Claudio Ranieri; 12/1 Luciano Spalletti; 14/1 Gian Piero Gasperini; 14/1 Roberto Donadoni; 16/1 Maurizio Sarri; 16/1 Fabio Grosso; 20/1 Fabio Capello; 33/1 Gianluigi Buffon