Sven Goran Eriksson: England Can Win UEFA Euro 2016

Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson.
Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson at AAMI Park, Melbourne, February 23. Eriksson believes Roy Hodgson's side can win UEFA Euro 2016. Michael Dodge/Getty

England experienced two of its more hopeful tournaments of modern times under Sven Goran Eriksson, in 2004 and 2006, so an endorsement from the Swedish silver fox still carries fair weight.

Eriksson, who left the England job after the 2006 FIFA World Cup quarter-final for a late middle age of globetrotting, says there is no reason Roy Hodgson's team cannot win the 2016 tournament.

"They have a good team," he told the BBC.

"The qualification games, they won everything and they did it with style. They are playing good football as well, so why not?"

Eriksson now works as the head coach of Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League, a prominent member of the growing exodus of European footballing talent to China.

"The last tournament I was in charge, in 2006 in Germany, we all thought that we could reach the semi-final or final, that we could win the tournament because I couldn't see any team that was better than us," Eriksson said.

England exited on penalties to Portugal in that quarter-final a decade ago, after Wayne Rooney was sent off for a stamp on Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho.

In the perhaps more memorable aftermath, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rooney's Manchester United teammate, appeared to wink after encouraging the referee, Horacio Elizondo, to send Rooney off.

England's squad, announced on Monday morning, included the surprise pick of Marcus Rashford, the 18-year-old who only made his debut for United in February.