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Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has said that the only reason why Roy Hodgson has been allowed to stay in the job after the Three Lions’ World Cup failure is because he is English.

The Swede told the SportExpressen newspaper that a foreign manager in the same situation would have been fired immediately.

“Roy Hodgson stays because he is an Englishman. Had he been a foreigner, there is not a chance in the world he would have been left in the job,” said Eriksson, who was in charge of England from 2001 and 2006 and endured much tabloid scrutiny of his private life during his tenure.

“I think things have changed. When I was (with) England, expectations were that we would get to the semi-finals and finals,” Eriksson said. “Now, before the World Cup, it was all about getting out of the group.

“When I had the national team we always talked of quarter-finals, semi-finals. If I hadn’t taken England to the quarter-finals of three tournaments, I’d never have been allowed to stay.”

The 66-year-old is now head coach of Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F, but feels that he could return and do a job with England.

“If they’re aren’t going to keep Hodgson they can just as well bring me back, so I can finish what I started.” What’s that, exactly? Perennial quater-final heartache? Better than getting dumped out after 180 minutes, I guess.

[Reuters] Photo credit: PA Pool/Sportsfile

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