Sven-Goran Eriksson reduced to tears after receiving messages of support from ex-England’s Golden Generation

Sven-Goran Eriksson cut an emotional figure as some of his former England players sent him messages of support.

The former Three Lions boss sadly revealed in January he has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.


Eriksson is sadly dealing with terminal cancerCredit: Getty

Eriksson sought medical advice after he collapsed during a 5km run and revealed that he has ‘at best a year’ to live.

During his managerial stint with England from 2001 to 2006, he took charge of the country’s ‘Golden Generation’ which included stars such as Steven Gerrard, Gary Neville and Michael Owen.

And some of those who featured under the Swede sent videos to him to offer their support to an all-time great when he was interviewed by Channel 4.

Owen Hargreaves in particular had an emotional message, where he said: “First of all I just want to say thank you for everything you did for me throughout my career, for believing in me when a lot of people didn’t.

“It actually changed my career, changed my life in so many ways, so I just wanted to say thank you for that. Your support meant so much to me and I just want to wish you all the best, lots of love, stay strong.”

Eriksson could be seen wiping away a tear, before Hargreaves finished by saying: “Hopefully get to see you soon. But lots of love to you and your family.”

“Just wanted to say I wish you all the very best,” said Joe Cole. “Thank you for all the memories and all the help in my career, making my dream come true, playing for England at a World Cup twice.

“I remember I scored against Northern Ireland and you come over after the game and you said to me, you had a glass of champagne or wine in your hand.

Hargreaves send a heartfelt message to one of his former managers


Hargreaves send a heartfelt message to one of his former managersCredit: Channel 4 Sport YouTube
Eriksson could be seen wiping away a tear in what was an emotional moment


Eriksson could be seen wiping away a tear in what was an emotional momentCredit: Channel 4 Sport YouTube

“You said, ‘Finally, you’ve become a complete player,’ and I was buzzing, it’s always nice to hear that from the manager.

“I wish you all the very best to you and your family, and be great to see you soon.”

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Paul Scholes then added: “I just want to say it was an absolute pleasure to play for England for you.

“That team obviously should have won something, I wish I had done a lot better than I actually did for you. So I just want to say hello Sven, I hope you’re doing OK and all the best with your recovery.”

“I hope this finds you in good spirits,” Owen stated. “I hope you’re keeping fine and I hope you’re enjoying the current England team who are doing so well.

“Of course we’re all looking forward to the European Championships in the summer. Take care boss and all the very best to you.”

Steven Gerrard then chimed in, with the ex-Liverpool skipper to once again be managed by Eriksson in Saturday’s legends clash between the Reds and Ajax.

He remarked: “Hello Sven, I just wanted to send you my best wishes, send you some love and support. Been thinking about you a lot lately, hope you’re doing OK.

“Really looking forward to seeing you next week, happy to have you as the gaffer at Anfield, that’ll be really special. I’m just trying to get the body in good condition so I can last the 90 minutes.”

Gary Neville then popped up with a message, where he commented: “Hi Sven, I hope you’re well.

Gerrard is set to make an appearance for Eriksson's Liverpool side at Anfield


Gerrard is set to make an appearance for Eriksson’s Liverpool side at AnfieldCredit: Channel 4 Sport YouTube

“I’m just sending you all my best wishes and thanking you for all the support that you gave me whilst we were with England.

“And I’d love to be able to see you soon, thanks very much.”

Eriksson said on Friday that leading a Liverpool Legends side out at Anfield on Saturday will be ‘like a dream’, with the 76-year-old a fan of the Reds and saying he was once close to taking their managerial job.


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