Hamren looking to future

Swedish coach hopes to be given chance to continue his plan

Erik Hamren: Swedish coach wants chance to improve side

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Erik Hamren hopes he can continue his attempts to build Sweden into an international force, despite suffering elimination from Euro 2012.

The Swedish coach has fallen short of his goal of reaching the quarter-finals, after a 3-2 defeat against England left them with no chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages.

The loss followed their opening game reverse to co-hosts Ukraine and sees them pointless at the bottom of Group D with a game against France to come.


But Hamren does not believe Sweden's performances at the European Championship have been rewarded with points.

He said: "We have played one bad half, one okay half and two very good halves.

"I said that we could have three good performances without going on from the group. Now we have two defeats and no chance of qualifying.

"We had a good first half yesterday and what was, in my eyes, a very good second half, and still we lost 3-2."

But the former Aalborg and Rosenborg manager admitted that the better teams earn their own luck, and he hopes he is given the chance to turn Sweden into one of the world's elite.

"We have something exciting on the go with players who have a different way of playing to the way we played previously. There is hope for Swedish football," he continued.

"Good teams, really good teams, they get the margins, they make them for themselves. And they do it because they are skilful, and we are not there yet. We haven't reached that level.

"You never know if you'll get the chance to keep working. I hope to get the time and possibility to do it."