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