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Eriksson: Rooney's Fault England Lost the Cup

After issuing a strong denial that he plans to return to England as coach of West Ham United, Sven-Goran Eriksson has made it clear that he wants to return to coaching. Athole Still, Eriksson's agent, said his client wants to return to work in early January. Newcastle United and West Ham United are thought to be interested in his services, though Still would not name any names, and was moved to distance his client from the West Ham job in particular. Instead, Still called attention to Eriksson by suggesting that Wayne Rooney's dismissal against Portugal after 60 minutes proved to be England's undoing at the World Cup this summer. The Times said Still suggested that Eriksson holds Wayne Rooney's dismissal responsible for England's World Cup exit. The Manchester United striker was sent off for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho right in front of the referee during England's quarterfinal against Portugal. "He [Eriksson] feels that if Rooney hadn't been sent off we would have probably won the World Cup," the agent said. After that match, the English press opted to harp on Eriksson's tactics rather than blame Rooney for his petulance. Still says the criticism Eriksson received in the press is a major reason why his return to coaching will "unlikely be in the UK." Meanwhile, The Times article found Still's denial of a possible move to West Ham "unconvincing."

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