Ibrahimovic to quit international football after Euro 2016

NICE, France: Zlatan Ibrahimovic said Tuesday that he will retire from international football after the European Championship.

The 34-year-old striker said ahead of Sweden's final Group E game on Wednesday against Belgium that it would be his last for his country if the team gets eliminated.

"The last game for Sweden in Euro will be my last game with Sweden, so I hope it will not be tomorrow," he said. "Let's hope it goes as long as possible."

Sweden coach Erik Hamren highlighted Ibrahimovic's contribution to the team and to Swedish soccer in general.

"Our greatest star going is a big loss," Hamren said. "We have one international player that's really at the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and that's Zlatan Ibrahimovic."

Hamren added that Ibrahimovic had discussed retirement with him in "January or February" but that Ibrahimovic only confirmed it Tuesday.

"I think Sweden do have a bright future in football, but of course if we lose Zlatan Ibrahimovic that will be a huge loss," Hamren said. "As a goal scorer of course but also as an individual he has really helped Swedish football."