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.

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

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