Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed he has terminal cancer and has “at best a year to live” after the revelation.

Eriksson coached England’s ‘golden generation’ of footballers between 2001 and 2006, including David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, and Frank Lampard.

“Everyone understands that I have an illness that is not good. Everyone guesses it’s cancer and it is. But I have to fight as long as I can,” he told Swedish radio station, P1.

Quizzed about the condition, the ex-Three Lions boss said he has “maybe at best a year, at worst even less, or in the best case I suppose even longer”, adding doctors “can’t put a day on it.”

Eriksson stated he was running 5km the day before he went to the hospital when he “collapsed and fainted” and it “turned out that I had cancer.”

It “just came from nothing,” he continued, which “makes you shocked.”

“I’m not in any major pain. But I’ve been diagnosed with a disease that you can slow down but you cannot operate. So it is what it is,” he added.

He managed England to three straight quarter-final appearances at international championships, including a 5-1 victory against Germany in Munich in September 2001.

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