Sven-Goran Eriksson won’t be at England’s 1000th match – as he didn’t know anything about it until yesterday!
A host of high-profile figures from the Three Lions’ illustrious past have been invited to Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro for the milestone match.
But Eriksson, who managed England for five years, told talkSPORT he has not been invited despite other former bosses – Fabio Capello among them – getting a call.
“I didn’t know until yesterday that it was 1000 games for England,” said the 71-year-old, when he was asked if he’ll be at the game tonight.
Eriksson, who is currently working with his local side in Sweden having left his role as Philippines’ head coach in early 2019, is one of England’s most successful managers.
The Swede led England at three major tournaments in his spell as boss from 2001-2006, with the team reaching three consecutive quarter-finals under his tutelage.
He left England under something of a cloud after a ‘Fake Sheikh’ scandal and an affair with an FA employee was exposed.
England vs Montenegro is LIVE on talkSPORT this Thursday, kick-off 7:45pm
But his snub for the 1000th game celebrations surprised talkSPORT host and former Scotland manager Alan Brazil, particularly with Capello getting an invite.
“Crikey, Sven never got an invite,” said Big Al. “To the 1000th game? England manager for 60-odd games not invited? Clearly not!
Sports Breakfast co-host Ally McCoist was similarly surprised.
“That’s kind of poor, I’d have to suggest,” he added. “I thought everybody would have been there. I would have thought every manager alive and well and able to go would have been invited.”
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