Eriksson backs Allardyce for England

Sven-Goran Eriksson and Sam Allardyce

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has backed the appointment of Sam Allardyce, who will be confirmed on Thursday, as England manager.

“I think it is good. Sam’s been in English football for a long time. He’s always been doing very well,” he said.

But Eriksson, who led England in three major tournaments from 2001 to 2006, warned success was “not that easy”.

“What is successful for England? Is it quarter-final or semi-final? Winning?” Eriksson, 68, asked BBC Sport.

Sunderland boss Allardyce, 61, was interviewed for the England job when Eriksson left after the 2006 World Cup.

“If the FA want an Englishman he is one of several good names. I wish him the best of luck,” said Eriksson, who now manages Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League.

“I know he is very organised. He knows all the players and he wants the job.”

Eriksson said that a result like England’s Euro 2016 last-16 defeat by Iceland, which led to Roy Hodgson’s resignation, “should not happen”.

“I know the fans and the FA are dreaming about reaching semi-finals and finals and winning a big tournament,” he said, adding that England’s World Cup triumph in 1966 is “a long time ago”.

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