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Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson says he has cancer

Eriksson, 75, coached the England national team from 2001 to 2006, taking them to the quarter-finals of the 2002 and 2006 World Cups as well as Euro 2004.

It is worth noting that he is the first coach from outside England to lead the national team.

He has had a 42-year managerial career with teams such as Benfica, Roma, Sampdoria, Lazio, Manchester City, Leicester City and the national teams of Mexico and the Philippines.

Eriksson stepped down from his most recent role as sporting director at Swedish club Karlstad 11 months ago due to health problems. BBC Sport reported.

‘I will resist as long as I can’

Speaking to Swedish Radio P1, Eriksson said he would fight cancer “as long as possible”.

He added: “I have a serious illness. At best it’s a year, the worst case is much less. It’s impossible to say exactly, so it’s better not to think about it.”

The discovery of the cancer came when he “collapsed and fainted” while running a 5km, according to a report by Sky news.

It “came out of nowhere”, he added, and that “shocks you”.

“I wasn’t in much pain. But I was diagnosed with a disease where you can slow down your life but you can’t have surgery. So, it is what it is.”

Eriksson also shared that he is trying to stay positive and “do something good” from his cancer diagnosis.

“You try to trick your brain, it’s easy to succumb, become negative and get stuck at home. It’s better to try to see the positives and not give in during difficult times,” he added. .

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