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Last Updated: Wednesday June 04 2008 11:10 GMT

Sven to manage Mexico team

Sven-Goran Eriksson with a Mexico shirt

Sacked Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has been given the job as the new coach of Mexico.

The 60-year-old former England coach has signed a two-year deal, taking over from Hugo Sanchez who left in March.

Mexico are looking for a manager to take them to the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

"Mexico is a big job," said Eriksson. "To help Mexico reach the World Cup is a big challenge. You have 120 million people and it's motivating."

The Swede spent five-and-a-half years in charge of England, from January 2001 until July 2006, taking them to two World Cup quarter-finals.

Sven-Goran Eriksson with a Mexico shirt with his name on it
Sven's got his own Mexico shirt
His time at Man City was officially brought to an end on Monday by the club's owner Thaksin Shinawatra.

Eriksson will not officially take up his post until 21 June, when Mexico host Belize Monterrey in the second leg of the second round of World Cup qualifiers.