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Sven Goran Eriksson insists he intends on staying with Mexico despite being strongly linked with a return to England with Portsmouth.

The Swede left the Premier League in 2008 when he was sacked by Manchester City.

The former England coach is now coach of the Mexico national team and despite interest from Pompey, he insists he will not quit his current role.

“I always said I have contract until 2010, after the World Cup. In football, you never know what will happen but I have a contract,” he said ahead of Mexico’s World Cup qualifier against USA on Wednesday.

“I want to win tomorrow. I have always said that Mexico will be in South Africa.

“It’s very important to start winning but I don’t think that my future depends on getting a good result tomorrow, life will go on.

“If we lose, we will have nine more games to qualify to the World Cup. But I repeat: I’m not thinking about a defeat.”

Eriksson has been linked with both the Pompey and Chelsea jobs – which became available on Monday.

And the Swede admits it is not a bad thing to have his name still mentioned when jobs became available.

“I’s not bad to be linked with such good jobs. It’s worse that they would never mention my name. So that’s okay.”

Eriksson was quick to dismiss the link with Chelsea.

“The only thing I can tell you is that if Chelsea wants me, I think the owner [Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich] will call me,” Eriksson said.

“I know him very well. He has my number. I speak to him not regularly, but I know him personally. And I promise you he has not called me.”

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