Sven already knows 20 or even 21 of the players who will be in his squad for Euro 2004 this summer.
Sven-Goran Eriksson says he already knows 20 or even 21 of the players who will be in his squad for Euro 2004 this summer.
Speaking at the launch of Alltogethernow, an FA campaign to bring fans together and create a carnival atmosphere in Portugal, the England Head Coach let slip some secrets about his team selection.
With several preparation games still to be played before the finals there is still a chance for young players such as Jermain Defoe to impress and break into the final 23. But when it comes to the core of his squad, Sven is pretty certain who he wants to take to Portugal with him.
He said: "If nothing happens from now until I pick the squad I know at least 20 or maybe 21 of the players I will choose. But there is still some room, of course. There is always a chance for players."
Sven will name his initial squad for Euro 2004 on Monday 17 May and confirm his final 23 to UEFA on Wednesday 2 June.
"We have three weeks of preparation together from after The FA Cup Final until the tournament starts, that's the same as before the World Cup," he said.
"Of course you don't know how many players are going to be fit and things like that so it's difficult to say how the preparation will be. But hopefully this time we won't have any players injured.
"You want people like David Beckham and Steven Gerrard fit for a big tournament, that is very important. But we will prepare as well as we can."
Sven's assistant Tord Grip says the pair will continue to watch players in action in the Premier League right up until the end of the season to guage their form.
He said: "We still have to look for the players we are going to bring to Portugal. You have to look at their form and see how they are playing.
"You can't do it every week but I would like to see them every week because it is important.
"I know when I am away overseas for a few days working you come back and feel a little lost because so much has happened and you have missed a couple of big games. I need to be there watching and so does Sven."