Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, 75, admits it is very difficult to accept a terminal cancer diagnosis but insists he 'will not give up and sit at home alone' after revealing he has only a year to live.

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Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has admitted that being diagnosed with cancer has been difficult for him and his family.

Erickson, 75, announced Thursday that he had 'a year at best' to live following his diagnosis.

His pancreatic cancer was removed after he suffered 'five mini strokes' after collapsing after going on a 5k run last year.

asked Eriksen, who served as England manager for three matches between 2001 and 2006. TalkTV About how his family reacted to the news.

She admitted that accepting the diagnosis was difficult, but declared that 'life must go on'.

Erickson (pictured this week) revealed he has terminal cancer and may have less than a year to live, but he refuses to feel sorry for himself.
As a football manager he was England boss between 2001 and 2006. Sven was photographed with David Beckham after Portugal's quarter-final exit at the 2006 World Cup.

„We have to deal with it because the alternative is to give up and sit at home alone,” Erickson said.

„The whole family, the kids are grown, one lives in Spain and one in Stockholm, so they visit as often as they can.

'We talk every day.

'It was very hard to accept it at first, but once you accept it, life goes on.

'Life must go on.'

Both of Erickson's children confirmed he underwent tests last year after he collapsed in a 5k run.

While he was told he would recover from a minor stroke, doctors revealed the bombshell cancer diagnosis.

„Well, I thought I was perfectly healthy, but all of a sudden I had a stroke, a little stroke, so I fell,” Erickson said. BBC.

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Sven Koren Eriksson photographed during the 2006 FIFA World Cup

Wayne Rooney described Eriksen as a 'brilliant coach and a special person' and urged his former boss to 'keep fighting'.
Rooney is defended by Eriksen following a red card against Portugal in the 2006 World Cup quarter-final.
Terry described Erickson's revelation as 'very sad news'
Gerrard urged his former England manager to 'stay strong'

My kids took me to the hospital and after a day of testing, they said I had five small strokes, but it's okay, it's okay, you'll recover from it 100 percent.

But the worst thing is, they said you have cancer, we can't operate it, we will give you treatment, medicine, you can live as long as possible.

Erickson also spoke Sweden's P1 radio station, added: 'Everyone understands that I have a good disease. Everyone assumed it was cancer. But I have to fight as hard as I can.

Asked what the prognosis was, he said, 'A year at best, maybe a little less at worst, or even more at best. You can never be absolutely sure. Better not to think about it.

In an illustrious managerial career, Sven was the boss of IFK Gothenburg, Benfica, Roma, Roma, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, Lazio, Manchester City and Leicester City.

He was also manager of Mexico, Ivory Coast and the Philippines.

But it was during five years in charge of England that he became the most famous football manager in the world.

Between 2001 and 2006 he guided the so-called 'golden generation' of stars including David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, but failed to win the major trophy expected.

A number of England players under Eriksen offered their support to their former manager following his announcement on Thursday.

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Wayne Rooney, Eriksen's England debutant, said: 'Thoughts are with Sven Koren Eriksen and his family. A great coach and a special person. Loved and respected by all. We are all with you Sven, keep fighting.

Former England stars John Terry and Steven Gerrard, who have become regulars under Eriksen, were among those who responded to the news.

'Very sad news, thinking of you,' Terry wrote, while Gerrard posted: 'Stay strong gaffer.'

Danny Mills, part of England's 2002 World Cup squad under Eriksen, referred to England's famous 5-1 win over Germany during the qualifying campaign in his message.

'Unbelievably sad news,' Mills wrote, adding that 'this game will always be remembered.'

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