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‘Bored’ Eriksson ready for move to English Premiership

Former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson has admitted to being bored after almost a year out of work and is ready to take a "big job" in the English Premiership.

Eriksson handed over the reins to assistant Steve McClaren after last year’s World Cup, when a lacklustre England were eliminated by Portugal in the quarter-finals.

He is still being paid compensation by the Football Association but the Swede is looking for a way back into the game.

Asked if he would be prepared to endure the same public scrutiny of his private life he suffered in charge of England and take charge of an English club, Eriksson told Talksport: “I’m very stubborn, I will take a good job wherever it is, even if it is in England.

“I hope to be back in football next season because I love football. Yes, I would take a big job wherever – I wouldn’t say I was fed up but I’m a little bit bored.”

Eriksson endorsed McClaren’s stewardship of England and he believes the former Middlesbrough boss will take the country to Euro 2008.

He declined to support or criticize McClaren’s decision to drop David Beckham – Eriksson’s captain – but did say: “I saw David playing with Real Madrid last weekend and he looked fantastic.”

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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