England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has insisted is unconcerned by the threat of the sack even if his team lose tonight’s World Cup qualifier in Poland.
Speculation is growing that the Swede is one defeat away from being fired from his position.
“I’ve never been sacked. I don’t know what it is like, but I always said it will happen sooner or later,” he said.
“The longer you stay in the job, the greater the chance of it happening, but I am not worried, absolutely not.”
“But once again I’m absolutely not thinking about it, I’m not worried about it, because what I’m thinking about is the Poland game, about trying to win and trying to play good football.”
“I showed the players a video of the most important moments of the game,” he said, “and I talked about attacking and defending. During moments in the second half we didn’t attack well and we didn’t defend well.”
Eriksson admitted individual errors had played a part in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Austria.
“When we make mistakes in football,” he said, “we’re criticised. I always say, fair enough. And especially after a game we should have won, of course we’re criticised. So the next game is important for all of us.”
“After one draw it would be better to win tonight,” Eriksson added.
“But there are a lot of games to play still and I’m not agreeing with those who are trying to panic after one game. I’m sure we’ll qualify for Germany.
“The will to do that in the squad is great. Are they panicking? Absolutely not. They’re calm and confident, very solid, very optimistic. It’s good that England always expect us to win but life out there on the pitch for 90 minutes is not always that easy.”