Former England and Lazio boss Sven Goran Eriksson has emerged as a shock candidate for the vacant Socceroos coaching role.
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5 Dec 2017 - 2:38 PM  UPDATED 5 Dec 2017 - 3:05 PM

News Corp reported on Monday the 69-year-old Swede is keen on taking Australia to the World Cup, which would be his fourth as a coach.

"Yes of course I'm interested," he is quoted as saying.

Australia are without a national team coach after Ange Postecoglou's departure last month.

The Greece-born Melburnian coached the Socceroos at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and became the first Australian to oversee a successful qualification effort for the tournament.

The chance to take a country to the World Cup has attracted significant interest from coaches across the world, but Eriksson is the first big name to publicly express his desire.

Jurgen Klinsmann, Marcelo Bielsa and Gianni De Biasi have been linked to the role, as have A-League bosses Graham Arnold, Kevin Muscat and Josep Gombau.

Australia were drawn with France, Denmark and Peru in next June's tournament, with Eriksson adamant the Socceroos can reach the knockout round.

"It will be a fight for second place between Australia, Peru and Denmark. I think the chances for Australia are good," he said.

"The whole world would say France is favourite to win that group, but second I think is very tight ... why not Australia?"

Sven's stats

Sven Goran Erikson's managerial record

Nation Team From To Record
Pld W D L Win%
Sweden Degerfors IF January 1977 December 1978          
Sweden IFK Göteborg
January 1979 June 1982 100 51 32 17 51.00
Portugal Benfica
July 1982 June 1984 60 46 11 3 76.67
Italy Roma
July 1984 May 1987 90 41 26 23 45.56
Italy Fiorentina
July 1987 June 1989 64 21 20 23 32.81
Portugal Benfica
July 1989 June 1992 144 94 32 18 65.28
Italy Sampdoria
July 1992 June 1997 170 71 52 47 41.76
Italy Lazio
July 1997 January 2001 136 78 32 26 57.35
England England
January 2001 July 2006 67 40 17 10 59.70
England Manchester City
July 2007 June 2008 45 19 11 15 42.22
Mexico Mexico
June 2008 April 2009 13 6 1 6 46.15
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
March 2010 June 2010 5 2 2 1 40.00
England Leicester City October 2010 October 2011 49 22 12 15 44.90
China Guangzhou R&F June 2013 November 2014 48 25 10 13 52.08
China Shanghai SIPG November 2014 November 2016 76 42 20 14 55.26
China Shenzhen FC December 2016 June 2017 15 6 5 4 40.00