The popular Swede who led the Three Lions in two World Cups said he believed Gareth Southgate’s men could go all the way and that they would “write another chapter” in the long history of English international football
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Former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson has predicted England will beat Germany 2-1 on Tuesday and could go all the way and win the Euros.
The popular Swede who led the Three Lions in two World Cups said he believed Gareth Southgate’s men could go all the way.
And that they would “write another chapter” in the long history of English international football.
He said: “Harry Kane has to wake up and arrive at the European Championships now.
“Everyone knows what he can do, but for some reason he hasn’t been successful so far in this tournament.
“I think it will come; he can win the Euros for England.”
In a wide-ranging interview he spoke of his admiration for Southgate and how he wished he had employed a mental coach to help England players conquer their fears of penalty shoot-outs.
And he spoke about his delight how London cabbies always want to talk about his team thrashed Germany 5-1 back in 2001.
He said in interview he gave to bookies Ladbrokes: “I’m still a huge England fan. The only time I wouldn’t support them is when they play against Sweden. I hope England win the Euros.”
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And he added: “I’ve met Gareth a couple of times since I left my job as England manager, but I haven’t seen him for many years now.
“We know each other but we haven’t been in contact for a long, long time.
“I don’t think he needs any advice at all from me, because he’s doing very well.
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“He was a very clever football player, both on and off the pitch.
“He was curious in training and interested in coaching, but he was also a very serious player.
“I could guess even back then that he would end up becoming a manager.”
Eriksson, who was speaking to betting giants Ladbrokes, spoke of his regrets and his pride at being England manager.
He said: “I should have recruited a mental coach in 2004 and 2006.
“That was my mistake; I didn’t do it because I thought we were big enough and experienced enough to deal with the pressure.”