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Sven Goran Eriksson insists his position as England coach has been unaffected by the recent speculation linking him with Manchester United.

Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson revealed last week that he believed the Swede had been lined up as the nextt Manchester Unnited manager until the Scot decided to postpone his retirement plans.

Inevitably, the speculation led many to question Eriksson’s commitment to his current employers, but the Swede is adamant that he will remain England coach.

“I will stay,” affirmed Eriksson.

“There has never been any debate about that.

“I don’t know who is debating my future. I never have and I will just let them do it.

“The big goal now is to qualify for Euro 2004 in Portugal and I think we can do it.”

Discussing England’s disappointing start to their EURO 2004 cammpaign, Eriksson admitted the draw against Macedonia represented a low point in his England career.

“I expected criticism after we managed only a draw against Macedonia,’ he admitted. ‘That is fair.

“That game was the lowest point of my time in the job. We drew and should not have done that.

“I’m not worried about it but next we play Liechtenstein and Turkey.

“We must not forget Turkey reached the semi-finals of the World Cup so we have to be on alert and I’m looking forward to it.”

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