Sven-Goran Eriksson has defended David Seaman after the keeper’s latest blunder during England’s 2-2 draw against Macedonia.

Veteran keeper Seaman watched helplessly as Artim Sakiri scored direct from a corner for a goal which carried echoes ofRonaldinho’s speculative free-kick strike in the World Cup quarter-finals. Then Seaman was forgiven for his error but last night’s blunder is expected signal the end of the Arsenal keeper’s international career.

Eriksson, who stood by Seaman after the World Cup, refused to criticise his keeper.

“The corner was well-taken and David misjudged the ball coming,’ said the England coach.

“The ball had a lot of pace on it and it’s a pity of course, but it’s done and there’s nothing else to say about it.

“David Seaman has not lost his place in the team. I have talked to him after the game. He made a very good save in the second half.

“We have four months until our next game, a friendly in February, and we have a lot of time to go around and see players – and goalkeepers of course – and we will see what’s happening.” ÿ