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Sunday, March 28, 2004 

Eriksson commits to England

England coach Sven-Göran Eriksson has ended speculation over his future by signing a new contract keeping him in the job until UEFA EURO 2008™.

New deal
Eriksson was already committed to the Football Association (FA) until 2006, but reports in England have linked him to a return to club management, most specifically at Chelsea FC. But the Swedish coach, who took over in early 2001 and reached the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, has agreed a two-year extension to his current deal ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against his home nation in Gothenburg. His assistant Tord Grip has signed a similar new contract.

'I am happy'
Speaking on Sunday morning, Eriksson said: "I am happy. The team is extremely good. I think they can do big, big things. I hope that we can stop the speculation now. Chelsea have never offered me anything."

'Great news'
FA chief executive Mark Palios added: "This is great news for England fans and the England team. He is one of the best managers in the world."

Source: uefa.com


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