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Eriksson returns to international management for the first time since 2010 World Cup

The former England and Manchester City boss has taken over as manager of the Philippines.

Ex-England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Ex-England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson.

GLOBETROTTING FORMER ENGLAND and Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has been appointed head coach of the Philippines.

The 70-year-old will lead the Azkals at the Asian Cup in January after reportedly signing a six-month contract.

Eriksson, who claimed in August he had rejected approaches from Cameroon and Iraq, returns to the international arena after an eight-year absence, last leading Ivory Coast to the 2010 World Cup.

The experienced Swede has not held a managerial position since leaving Chinese side Shenzhen FC in June 2017.

He fills a void left by the departure of former England defender Terry Butcher, who resigned as Philippines head coach in August having not taken charge of a single game.

Butcher spent less than 50 days in the job after deciding he could not carry out his plans for the team.

The Philippines were placed 116th in the latest Fifa rankings.

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