The FA has responded to newspaper stories regarding Sven's selection process.
Following newspaper stories regarding Sven's selection process and the role played by The FA's TV contracts, Adrian Bevington, The FA's Head of Media, wrote to the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette this week to clarify the situation, in this case with specific regard to Stewart Downing.
"I can assure all Middlesbrough fans that Stewart Downing was not left out of the squad for any other reason than that which Sven has already stated - further to discussions with Steve McClaren and Peter Taylor before the Spain fixture it was felt he would benefit more through being with the Under-21 side," he stated.
"The FA has never included clauses in any of our commercial, broadcast or match contracts concerning the squad or team selection for any England fixtures.
"Last week Sven-Goran Eriksson held media conferences in which he stated many times that the FA had never interfered with his work since he became England Head Coach.
"Sven-Goran Eriksson did say that he would prefer to experiment more with his squad during friendly fixtures taking place in November.
"However, he also acknowledged that he would be criticised for doing so (by the media) and that there were issues regarding television contracts and money. He did not say that he was being prevented from selecting any particular player.
"Sven is aware of his responsibilities to a TV audience of several million at home and also the many thousands of fans who pay good money to attend these matches, and this is the reason he finds it difficult to make wide-scale changes - not any contractual issues.
"There is no disagreement between the FA and Sven on this subject, as the England coach is always involved in any discussions regarding fixtures, and obviously has final sign-off for his full approval in this area."