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Former Three Lions manager Sven-Goran Eriksson says England could be their favorite team for the 2022 World Cup.

Gareth Southgate's side reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with England winning at home in 1966 to match their best efforts at the World Cup.

England reached the final of their first major tournament since 1966, when they faced Italy at Euro 2020 last year on penalties.

Eriksen managed England at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, reaching the quarter-finals of each tournament and reaching the last eight at Euro 2004.

In 2002, after defeating Brazil and Portugal, Eriksson failed to win England's 'Golden Generation' in the following two competitions.

However, the Swede believes Southgate's side have a chance to be considered as one of the favorites and will be recognized as a true pioneer to succeed in Qatar later this year.

Eriksson told Stats Perform: "I think they are one of the big teams that can win and it could be their favorite team.

"I do not know how strong Brazil and Argentina are at the moment, but Italy is not in Europe. Spain I do not think they are good enough to win. Germany Belgian, "Always a good team."

England Eriksson believes England can easily advance to Group B, along with Scotland or Wales.

"After England, Iran and United, then Ukraine is Scotland or Wales. I mean, it is always difficult at the World Cup, but they do not see that group win," said Eriksson.

"It is not possible," he said. They will win easily. And it always depends. Who will you meet in the next step? And if we win there, we will advance to the quarter-finals.

"Then, fortunately, there will be no injuries and important players from England."