More than five years after walking into Soho Square, TheFA.com looks back at Sven's appointment.
TheFA.com traces the appointment of Sven-Goran Eriksson and highlights the key dates in the Swede becoming England's first foreign Head Coach.
Oct 7 2000: Kevin Keegan resigns as England coach after a 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat by Germany at Wembley. "I have given it my best shot, but it has not quite been good enough," Keegan said.
Oct 11: England, with the FA's Technical Director Howard Wilkinson in charge, draw 0-0 with Finland in another qualifier in Helsinki.
Oct 22: The FA appoint Peter Taylor, the Leicester City manager, to the caretaker position, with Manchester United No 2 Steve McClaren as his assistant.
Oct 31: Sven-Goran Eriksson, Swedish coach of Lazio, is named England's first foreign coach beginning on July 1.
Nov 9: Peter Taylor gives youth a chance and includes no player over 30 in his England squad for a friendly with Italy.
Nov 15: England, captained for the first time by David Beckham, perform creditaby in a 1-0 defeat by Italy in Turin.
Jan 8: Eriksson holds talks with the Lazio president, Sergio Cragnotti.
Jan 9: Eriksson resigns from Lazio, freeing himself to take charge of England before the following month's friendly against Spain.
Jan 12: Sven is introduced to the press on his first day at Soho Square.
Feb 28: Sven steers the Three Lions to a wonderful 3-0 win over Spain in his first game in charge.
Naming a new look side that included debutant Chris Powell at left-back, England cruised home thanks to goals from Nick Barmby, Emile Heskey and Ugo Ehiogu (pictured celebrating below).
To complete a perfect evening at Villa Park, Nigel Martyn saved Javier Moreno's penalty.
Sven's first squad: Michael Ball, Nick Barmby, David Beckham, Wes Brown, Nicky Butt, Sol Campbell, Jamie Carragher, Michael Carrick, Andy Cole, Ashley Cole, Joe Cole, Kieron Dyer, Ugo Ehiogu, Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Fowler, Emile Heskey, David James, Frank Lampard, Steve McManaman, Gavin McCann, Nigel Martyn, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Michael Owen, Ray Parlour, Kevin Phillips, Chris Powell, Paul Scholes, David Seaman, Teddy Sheringham, Richard Wright
Sven's first starting XI: James: P Neville, Ferdinand, Campbell, Powell; Beckham, Butt, Scholes, Barmby; Andy Cole, Owen.
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