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I have English support - Eriksson
Sven-Goran Eriksson
Eriksson has been linked with a host of Premiership clubs
Former national coach Sven-Goran Eriksson insists he is still capable of managing in England and believes he has the full support of the English public.

The Swede has been out of a job since leaving the England post after the unsuccessful 2006 World Cup campaign.

He told the Sunday Times magazine: "I have always been able to do this job. I have never heard a bad word during six years of travelling around the country.

"Everyone has always been polite to me, even after the defeat by Portugal."

England lost to the Portuguese on penalties in last year's World Cup quarter-finals.

I couldn't talk about the World Cup and haven't spoken about it until now. We should have done better, I am absolutely convinced of that

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson

However, Eriksson added: "If I land at Heathrow today people still want my autograph, which is nice, and a lot of them say 'Sven, you did a good job'."

The 59-year-old has been linked with a host of domestic and national sides since his departure from the England set-up, and concedes that the failures at the World Cup still haunt him.

"Before England, I had never been sacked in my life," he stated. "I don't sit here pining about it but I loved being a manager and I am still young enough to do the job.

"For the first few nights back in Sweden, I couldn't sleep and couldn't really stop thinking about what had happened. It wasn't like I was in a depression but it was a recurring thought.

"I couldn't talk about the World Cup and haven't spoken about it until now. We should have done better, I am absolutely convinced of that."

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