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Last Updated: Saturday, 10 September 2005, 11:58 GMT 12:58 UK
My job is at risk, says Eriksson
England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson admits he expects to lose his job if they fail to qualify for the World Cup.

Eriksson is under fire after England's 1-0 defeat against Northern Ireland.

He told BBC's Football Focus: "I care. I'm desperate when we're losing. I'm putting my reputation on getting to the World Cup with England.

"If I do not go to the World Cup I will not have a job in this country and elsewhere. But we have one foot in the World Cup, so why should I leave?"

It is up to me now to get it right and we have to get it right before we meet up for the October games
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson

Eriksson was adamant he would not quit, despite being fiercely criticised after the Belfast defeat.

He said: "Absolutely not, no chance. We have two games to go and if we win both we are in the World Cup. Why should I resign?

"Things went wrong on Wednesday, especially in the second half. The manager's job is to try to get it right. I will talk to the players before we come together again and we will get this right."

Eriksson also insisted his controversial switch to a five-man midfield was not the reason England lost in Belfast.

He said: "When you lose football games everything is bad, you can find errors everywhere but I don't think the formation was the problem.

"In the first 35 minutes we played as well as we wanted to play, Paul Robinson never touched the ball.

"Something happened out there but we couldn't get it right. We lost the spirit, Northern Ireland beat us and we have to accept that.

"It is up to me now to get it right and we have to get it right before we meet up for the October games."

Interview: England manager Sven Goran-Eriksson


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