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Rafael Marquez could become the third player ever to appear in five World Cup tournaments after he was included in Mexico's preliminary 28-man squad for the finals in Russia.

If Marquez, who can play as a centre back or defensive midfielder, walks out for Mexico during the June 14 to July 15 tournament, he would join German midfielder Lothar Matthaeus and Mexican goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal as a five-time World Cup veteran.

The 28-man squad named by coach Juan Carlos Osorio will be trimmed down to 23 by June 4.
Mexico kick off their campaign against champions Germany on June 17 before facing South Korea and Sweden in Group F.

Appearing in a fifth World Cup would be a fitting farewell for the 39-year-old Marquez, who had already announced his plans to retire from the sport following the tournament in Russia.

Marquez is one of the best-known athletes in Mexico and has enjoyed a long career playing for teams including Monaco, NY Red Bulls, Hellas Verona and now Atlas.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be in Sweden’s squad for the World Cup, the country’s FA confirmed.

The striker was expected to come out of international retirement for the finals in Russia this summer, but a press release from Sweden Football said that was not the case.

"I spoke to Zlatan on Tuesday. He said he has not changed his decision regarding playing in the national team. It is still a no," Lars Richt, head of the Swedish Football Federation, was quoted as saying.
In an exclusive interview with Eurosport earlier in April, Ibrahimovic hinted he would go to the World Cup.

However, the message coming out from the Sweden camp is that the 36-year-old rejected his country – and not the other way around.
Earlier this week, Sweden coach Janne Andersson urged Ibrahimovic to call him if he wanted to be part of his World Cup plans, saying: "If you want to be part of it, you must call me. Easy as that."

That prompted a typically Zlatan response, showing him ignoring a phone call from Andersson during a thinly-veiled sponsored post on Tuesday.
Talk of his return has caused issue with some national team-mates, who suggested they could deliver in Russia without him.

"It's up to the coach to see if he wants to bring him," goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson said earlier this month. "We managed to qualify and go through to the World Cup without him, and I think we can manage to play well at the World Cup without him. I'm sure if he does join, he will play well.

"As a team, we play as a collective, all the players together. With Zlatan, as a person, as a player he's an individualist, and the play goes around him."

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Liverpool and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out of the 2018 World Cup following knee ligament damage.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, went down in agony on Tuesday during the 5-2 win over Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.

The midfielder had to be stretchered off following the challenge with Roma defender Aleksandar Kolarov.

Initially after the match Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said the injury looked bad.
And the club have now confirmed that Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the rest of the season and the World Cup.

"Liverpool FC can confirm Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's 2017-18 season is over for both club and country due to a knee ligament injury sustained against AS Roma on Tuesday evening." A statement from the club read.

"The midfielder was forced from the field after 18 minutes of the Reds’ 5-2 victory in the Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield after picking up the issue during an attempted challenge.

"The extent of the injury means Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to miss the remainder of the campaign for Liverpool, as well as the World Cup finals in Russia with England.

"The 24-year-old was assessed by the club’s medical team at Melwood on Wednesday morning and no specific timescale is being placed upon his return to action at this stage.

"However, Oxlade-Chamberlain will now begin a rehabilitation programme to enable him to reach full fitness again as soon as possible, returning to action next season."

The player later released his own statement, drawing attention to the Liverpool fan who was injured before the game.

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