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Sven-Goran Eriksson hopes he’ll be well enough to watch England v Brazil in March – and reveals one unfulfilled wish | UK News

Terminally-ill Sven-Goran Eriksson wants to be well enough to watch England take on Brazil in two months’ time – and has revealed one wish he never fulfilled.

The former England manager has pancreatic cancer – with about a year left to live at the “best case” – and the 75-year-old told Sky News’ Niall Paterson he wants to stay as healthy as he can in that time.

He wants to “not have too much pain” and plans to make it to England to watch the Three Lions taking on Brazil on 23 March at Wembley.

Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed what he would like to do with the time he has left
Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed what he would like to do with the time he has left

Asked how he wants to spend the time he has left, he said: “Travelling, looking at a lot of football still.

“I hope maybe to go to England and see England versus Brazil in March. Great game, a warm-up for the World Cup, because that could also be the final [of World Cup 2026].”

And the role in football that he wished didn’t pass him by?

“My father is still a Liverpool supporter and I am a Liverpool supporter too, always have been,” he said.

“So I always wished to be the manager of Liverpool and that will not happen, but I’m still a Liverpool fan.”

He said waking up without pain is a “great gift” that we “take for granted” while healthy, but not when ill.

His children had taken him to hospital after he “felt dizzy” and “fell”, with doctors telling him he had a “small stroke” before revealing his cancer.

Since revealing his diagnosis on Thursday, he says he has received “a lot of messages and phone calls” from former colleagues and players he coached, including from his days as England boss.

Watch the full interview with Sven-Goran Eriksson on Friday night with Niall Paterson at 8:30pm tonight

England soccer captain David Beckham (L) and coach Sven-Goran Eriksson (R) pose for photographs with the squad before departing for the Euro 2004 Championships
Beckham alongside Eriksson before departing for the Euro 2004 Championships

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This notice was published: 2024-01-12 17:22:00

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