Eriksson warns England of hype

LONDON - Sven-Goran Eriksson, the former England manager, warned England on Sunday of the danger of over-expectation as the World Cup finals draw nearer.

LONDON - Sven-Goran Eriksson, the former England manager, warned England on Sunday of the danger of over-expectation as the World Cup finals draw nearer.

Eriksson, who led England to the quarterfinals four years ago as well as in 2002, before defeats to Brazil and then Portugal on penalties, said he believed Fabio Capello's side had it in them to match or even exceed those showings.

The Swede noted stalwarts such as Frank Lampard "are more mature today than four years ago". But he said the fervour of the fans back home often brought its own problems, especially given the team's impressive qualifying form.

"As usual England have won the World Cup almost before the first kick - it's always like that," Eriksson told BBC radio.

Eriksson shocked the football world last summer when, after parting company with the Mexican national side after an ill-fated spell, he took the post of director at fourth-tier side Notts County, the oldest club in the league.

The club promptly announced an ambitious five-year plan to reach the English Premiership after a takeover by Munto Finance.

But executive chairperson Peter Trembling took over from Munto in December and County are now seeking investors, prompting Eriksson to admit the plan is now "on hold".

"There have been too many bad things at Notts County in the last six months.

"But hopefully in just a couple of weeks it'll take off again," Eriksson told BBC Radio 5.

Eriksson added that it was unlikely he would coach another national team. - Sapa-AFP

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