Terminally-ill Sven-Goran Eriksson needs to be effectively sufficient to observe England tackle Brazil in two months’ time – and has revealed one want he by no means fulfilled.
The previous England supervisor has pancreatic most cancers – with about a year left to live at the “best case” – and the 75-year-old informed Sky News’ Niall Paterson he needs to remain as wholesome as he can in that point.
He needs to “not have an excessive amount of ache” and plans to make it to England to observe the Three Lions taking over Brazil on 23 March at Wembley.
Requested how he needs to spend the time he has left, he mentioned: “Travelling, quite a lot of soccer nonetheless.
“I hope perhaps to go to England and see England versus Brazil in March. Nice recreation, a warm-up for the World Cup, as a result of that is also the ultimate [of World Cup 2026].”
He mentioned waking up with out ache is a “nice reward” that we “take with no consideration” whereas wholesome, however not when sick.
His kids had taken him to hospital after he “felt dizzy” and “fell”, with docs telling him he had a “small stroke” earlier than revealing his most cancers.
Since revealing his analysis on Thursday, he says he has obtained “quite a lot of messages and telephone calls” from former colleagues and gamers he coached, together with from his days as England boss.
He seems again at his five-year stint with England with some remorse, believing the crew might have achieved greater than three consecutive quarter-final finishes in 2002, 2004 and 2006.
However requested if there have been any position in soccer that he wished did not go him by, he singled out Liverpool.
“My father continues to be a Liverpool supporter and I’m a Liverpool supporter too, at all times have been,” he mentioned.
“So I at all times wished to be the supervisor of Liverpool and that won’t occur, however I am nonetheless a Liverpool fan.”
As England boss, Eriksson had many dealings with Premier League golf equipment as he referred to as up gamers, none extra so than Manchester United.
With key gamers like Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville enjoying for United on the time, he mirrored on some “onerous phrases” he used to have with former Purple Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Typically we would have liked quite a lot of gamers from Manchester United, that is regular, they had been the very best membership within the nation,” he mentioned, including he “absolutely respects” the Scotsman.
“So there have been onerous phrases, however I can perceive Sir Alex that he defended Manchester United. He hated after we took gamers for pleasant video games.”
He added: “But when I noticed him two weeks later, he’d say ‘hiya, my buddy, how are you’.”
Between 2001 and 2006, Eriksson coached the so-called “golden technology” of footballers within the England crew together with Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Rooney and Frank Lampard.
Whereas that squad did not handle to achieve a serious remaining, Eriksson believes the present crop is a “good crew” and might win Euro 2024.