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Eriksson rejects Swedish top job offer

Former England and Mexico boss Sven-Göran Eriksson has ruled himself out as a candidate for the vacant post as Swedish national team coach.

Eriksson rejects Swedish top job offer

Lars-Åke Agrell, head of the Swedish Football Association, confirmed on Tuesday that Eriksson had turned down the opportunity to succeed Lars Lagerbäck, who decided to step down as manager following Sweden’s defeat at the hands of Denmark nine days ago.

“Last week we contacted ‘Svennis’, who is one of the people we have been considering as a candidate for the job as national team coach. We’ve had a good dialogue but he has now let us know that, in view of his contract with Notts County, he will not be in a position to take over with the national team at this juncture,” said Agrell in a statement.

Having endured 10 turbulent months as Mexico’s coach until April this year, Eriksson stunned the football world by joining lowly Notts County, in English League Two, as director of football in the close season.

The 61-year-old Swede twice led England in the tournament during his five years as national manager and first made his name as a coach when he led IFK Gothenburg to UEFA Cup glory in 1982.

Lars Lagerbäck’s nine-year reign as Sweden manager officially ended on Wednesday following the team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.

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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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