Or he choose to spy on Liverpool in action and consider the merits of possible squad members such as Jamie Carragher and Danny Murphy.
FA spokesman Paul Newman told its website, www.theFA.com: "Sven-Goran Eriksson will now be naming his World Cup squad on
"This follows the decision to hold two Premiership games on May 8. Sven will attend one of those two games, with Tord Grip going to the other.
"Sven will make the announcement on the FA's website, followed by a Press conference."
Despite the two-day delay, Eriksson is still naming his squad well ahead of the official deadline, 21 May, although changes can be made before that date.
Eriksson will take his players away to Dubai on 13 May for rest and recuperation.