Dear Mr. Eriksson!

news: Dear Mr. Eriksson!

I understand that the FA can’t sack you, as such a step is financially prohibitive under the terms of your contract but have you ever considered resigning? Any man with a shred of dignity and self-respect would have done so long ago after your love affairs became public knowledge. You didn’t. Having brought the game into disrepute outside the playing area, you now proceed to do so on it.

You are the game’s highest paid national manager with the crème-de-la-crème of English football at your disposal, yet you have contrived not to win a single trophy in the time you have been in charge. But that is not enough. There is worse to come. The shocking 4-1 defeat in Denmark should have served as a wake-up call, however, it was not heeded. Only the heroics of Paul Robinson in the England goal staved off an almost certain loss against Wales and it was left to the minnows, Northern Ireland, to expose what, in effect, is a shambles of a team – under motivated, lacking in confidence, tactical schooling and discipline. A country ranked 116th in the world, who had only just ended a four-year win less run, did the unthinkable and beat mighty England 1-0. And that is not the end of it. England now trail Poland by five points in Group Six raising the very real possibility of having to go into the play-offs for Germany.

There await countries of the calibre of the Czech Republic, France or Spain. Chances are that, at this moment, England will miss the World Cup Finals. Please Sven, go home and let someone who knows what he is doing pull the rudder round.