Sven Goran Eriksson told TheFA.com that he was pleased with the outcome of today's fixtures meeting
England Head Coach Sven Goran Eriksson was pleased with the result of today's World Cup 2006 qualification fixtures meeting as he told TheFA.com this afternoon.
England's opening two games are away, first in Austria then on to Poland four days later, but Sven is happy with the schedule, particularly with the June date being left free.
"For us the fixtures are very good," he told us.
"Starting with two away games against Austria and Poland will be difficult, but that is the way I wished to start the group. In fact I expressed this view to Tord Grip and David Davies on the telephone during the course of the meeting today.
"My main concern was to avoid a fixture in June next year, so I am very pleased with the outcome from that point of view in particular."
He continued: "Obviously our supporters will be excited about the games against Wales and Northern Ireland. I know it’s a long time since England has played against the both countries and I am really looking forward to what I’m sure will be great nights of passionate football.
"I did speak to Mark Hughes in the days leading up to the meeting and we discussed what our ideal fixtures would be. I have a lot of respect for the job Mark has done with Wales, he is an excellent coach and I am looking forward to preparing the English team to play against his Welsh side.
"The FA people in Cardiff deserve credit for the job they did today. I had several discussions with them before the meeting and they were fully aware of my wishes for the fixture programme," added Sven.
"I remained in contact with the group from The FA offices and I am pleased they have managed deliver the key things I wanted, especially with the final two fixtures taking place in England."