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Sven-Goran Eriksson has turned down the chance to manage his home country after it was confirmed he has withdrawn from the running to become Sweden's next head coach.

The Swedish Football Association confirmed on Monday that Eriksson was a leading contender to replace Lars Lagerback following the latter's departure after nine years in the job.

A failure to reach the World Cup finals next summer contributed to Lagerback's departure and Sweden were keen to speak to Eriksson, who twice led England to the biggest stage in world football.

But Eriksson has ruled himself out of contention in news that will delight Notts County, where he is currently installed as director of football.

"Last week we made contact with 'Svennis', who is one of the people we thought could be a possibility for the job as national team coach,'' SvFF chairman Lars-Ake Lagrell said in a statement on the association's website.

"We have had good discussions, but he has now decided that with regards to his contract with Notts County, there is no possibility of him taking charge of the national team now."

County's executive chairman, Peter Trembling, had stated he would not stand in Eriksson's way should he have a burning desire to manage his home country but it appears that the Swede is content with his role at Meadow Lane.

Despite the embarrassing fall-out from Sol Campbell's abrupt departure, Eriksson is committed to County's ambitious project and is currently involved in the process of appointing a new manager following the departure of Ian McParland.

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