Former England boss Eriksson wants Socceroos job

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Former England and Lazio boss Sven Goran Eriksson has emerged as a shock candidate for the vacant Socceroos coaching role.

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

SwedenDegerfors IFJanuary 1977December 1978     
SwedenIFK Göteborg
January 1979June 198210051321751.00
July 1982June 1984604611376.67
July 1984May 19879041262345.56
July 1987June 19896421202332.81
July 1989June 199214494321865.28
July 1992June 199717071524741.76
July 1997January 200113678322657.35
January 2001July 20066740171059.70
EnglandManchester City
July 2007June 20084519111542.22
June 2008April 20091361646.15
Ivory CoastIvory Coast
March 2010June 2010522140.00
EnglandLeicester CityOctober 2010October 20114922121544.90
ChinaGuangzhou R&FJune 2013November 20144825101352.08
ChinaShanghai SIPGNovember 2014November 20167642201455.26
ChinaShenzhen FCDecember 2016June 20171565440.00
Source: AAP

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