When Sven-Goran Eriksson came to England and won hearts and minds

Sven-Goran Eriksson

“No, I never was a hammer-thrower,” Sven-Goran Eriksson told us in 2016 down a phone line from a holiday in Panama, he started to laugh. “But oh yes, I remember them saying I was.”

After being appointed as England boss in 2001, the Swede was put in the difficult position of dealing with the reaction to his appointment as the Three Lions’ first foreign manager - or rather, the overreaction to it from certain sections of the press.

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