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Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, 75, reveals he has cancer and has ‘at best a year to live’

FORMER England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The 75-year-old told a Swedish radio station he has “at best a year” to live.

Sven-Göran Eriksson has been diagnosed with cancer

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Sven-Göran Eriksson has been diagnosed with cancerCredit: Getty
Eriksson, right, with David Beckham at the end of the World Cup 2006 quarter final

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Eriksson, right, with David Beckham at the end of the World Cup 2006 quarter finalCredit: AFP – Getty

He told P1: “Everyone understands that I have an illness that is not good.

“Everyone guesses it’s cancer and it is. But I have to fight as long as I can.”

When asked about the prognosis, Eriksson said he has “maybe at best a year, at worst a little less, or at best maybe even longer”.

He added: “You can’t be absolutely sure. It is better not to think about it.

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“But you can trick your brain. See the positive in things, don’t wallow in adversity, because this is the biggest adversity of course, but make something good out of it.”

Last February, Eriksson stepped down as sporting director at Karlstad Fotboll amid serious concerns about his health.

He told Karlstad’s website at the time: “I have chosen to limit my public assignments for the time being, due to health problems which are under investigation.”

The Swede was in charge of the Three Lions’ Golden Generation, taking charge in 2001 and leaving in 2006.

As well as Lampard, Gerrard and Ferdinand, Eriksson also had aces like Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Michael Owen at his disposal.

Speaking to SunSport in 2022, Eriksson said he accepted England under-achieved at the 2006 World Cup – reaching the quarter-finals in Germany.

He said his biggest regret in the job came that year, when he decided against bringing in a mental coach to work with the players. Famously, England crashed out to Portugal in a penalty shootout.

Eriksson also coached Benfica, Roma, Fiorentina, Sampdoria and Lazio, as well as the Mexico and Ivory Coast national sides.

He left his job as the Philippines national boss in 2018.

Gareth Southgate walks with Eriksson during training prior to the European Championship Group Seven Qualifying match in 2003

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Gareth Southgate walks with Eriksson during training prior to the European Championship Group Seven Qualifying match in 2003Credit: Getty
Steven Gerrard of England talks tactics with Eriksson during the World Cup Germany 2006 Quarter-final match between England and Portugal in 2006

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Steven Gerrard of England talks tactics with Eriksson during the World Cup Germany 2006 Quarter-final match between England and Portugal in 2006Credit: Getty

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