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Last Updated: Monday, 11 September 2006, 16:04 GMT 17:04 UK
Eriksson 'fed up' with criticism
Ex-England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson
Eriksson left the England job after the World Cup in Germany
Ex-England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has had enough of being labelled a failure, according to Uefa president and fellow Swede Lennart Johansson.

Johansson says Eriksson pulled out of being a guest speaker at the Fifa international football symposium in Berlin because of severe criticism.

"He has had enough," said Johansson. "He thinks that people have been saying how incompetent he is.

"Just because England have now won a match, people say how bad he was."

Eriksson's five years in charge of England ended in disappointment in July when his side were knocked out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage by Portugal.

He has his money and will still try to have his pride

Johansson on Eriksson

It was a familiar ending for Eriksson and England in major tournaments, after they lost to Brazil in the last eight of the 2002 World Cup and to Portugal at the same stage of Euro 2004.

The 58-year-old Swede was castigated in some quarters after earning a reported 25m during his five years at the helm.

Former England skipper Terry Butcher claimed Eriksson left the team "no further forward than when he was appointed".

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Eriksson had been invited to be among the VIP speakers at the Fifa conference alongside Italy's World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi and France's Raymond Domenech.

Johansson added: "He has his money and will still try to have his pride, instead of standing here in Berlin with nobody listening to him because he failed to bring the World Cup to England."

Eriksson was also lambasted in the English tabloid press after a succession of revelations about his private life.

Johansson believes Eriksson had to endure too many invasions of privacy during his time in charge.

"I don't defend him, and there are things he did he should have avoided," said Johansson. "But I can understand that he had had enough.

"He tried to adapt to the style where you hunt people all through the night but he just had enough."

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