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Saturday, 22 June, 2002, 15:50 GMT 16:50 UK
Eriksson: I'm not quitting
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson on his way out of Japan
Eriksson will not be leaving his England post

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Sven-Goran Eriksson has accepted some of the blame for England's World Cup exit against Brazil - but insists he is staying on to lead the country into the 2004 European Championship.

Eriksson had been linked with a return to Lazio, and his assistant Tord Grip admitted he was missing the day-to-day involvement of club football.

But he said as England left Japan in disappointment after losing their quarter-final: "I have never thought about leaving.

"I have always said I am very happy with this job and proud to be England manager.

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I take responsibility for the fact that we were not as good as I hoped
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Sven-Goran Eriksson

"I have never thought about leaving - never. I hope to stay for the rest of my contract, but let's take one tournament at a time and concentrate on the European Championship in 2004.

"I am very happy, but you never know in football. Things can happen quickly, and you might lose two or three games and your time is up.

"But I never think about leaving and my plans are to stay in this job until the end of my contract."

Eriksson has a contract with the FA that runs until 2006 - and the FA have been delighted with his work so far.

He confessed he would have to take his share of responsibility for England's tame 2-1 exit against Brazil.

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If you keep regretting what you do you will be crazy sooner or later
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Sven-Goran Eriksson

Eriksson said: "I take responsibility for the fact that we were not as good as I hoped in the second half of the games against Sweden and Brazil.

"But I guess if you talk to any coach of a club or country they will have 45 minutes every now and then when things aren't as good as they hoped.

"And of course there is always an opponent out there to make things difficult for you."

He added: "You look at all games you are not winning, and wonder if you changed your line-up, or did things another way, things might be better.

"You try to work out what the mistake was and then forget about it. If you keep regretting what you do you will be crazy sooner or later."


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