1 Oct 2008

Eriksson sought foreign fix, Davies says

7:10 am on 1 October 2008

Former England football manager Sven Eriksson considered selecting four foreign-born players for his squad in the wake of the failed Euro 2004 campaign, according to a new book by the former executive director of the Football Association.

David Davies claims Eriksson drew up a shortlist of Premier League imports who were uncapped by their countries and could legally be brought into the England side due to FIFA's residence rules.

The four names he suggested were Chelsea's Italian goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini, Brazilian midfielder Edu, then of Arsenal, and French pair Steed Malbranque and Louis Saha, who played for Fulham and Manchester United respectively.

None of the four ever went on to play for England, with Edu and Saha subsequently capped by their own nations.