England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has restated his desire to return to the club game at some point in the future and will "see how things go" after next summer's World Cup.
The Swede has been linked with a number of club jobs since taking on the national team role and at one stage looked set to replace Claudio Ranieri as Chelsea boss.
He then signed a contract with the Football Association until 2008 but he says he would like to experience the day-to-day running of a club again.
"The plan is such that I'll fulfil my contract with the Football Association, but I want to go back to club football one day. We'll see how things go after the World Cup," he said.
The timing could lead to speculation linking Eriksson with Manchester United, with Sir Alex Ferguson turning 64 on New Year's Eve.
Eriksson claims his sole dilemma at the World Cup will be choosing between his three world-class centre-backs.
It is almost certain he will have to leave out one of Rio Ferdinand, John Terry or Sol Campbell from his first-choice starting line-up, which otherwise pretty much picks itself.
"If we can avoid injuries, the only question is probably which centre-backs I will choose," Eriksson told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
The England boss admitted he had "hoped to avoid" playing Sweden, after his home country gave England a torrid time in a 1-1 draw in the 2002 World Cup.
"Here in England everyone is counting on a win, despite not having won against Sweden since 1968," he added.
"This time we don't meet until the last group match. Hopefully, both countries will be through to the next round by then."
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