Sweden's long-serving head coach Lars Lagerback has vowed to resign should his squad team fail to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, or after the finals if his side do qualify for South Africa.

The Swedes could have moved level on points with European Zone Group 1 leaders Denmark with victory in Copenhagen on Saturday 10 October, only to go down 1-0 to Jacob Poulsen's goal.

That result secured the Danes' ticket to next year's finals and left Sweden third and battling it out with Portugal for second spot and a play-off berth. If Sweden fail to qualify, Lagerback says he and his assistant Roland Andersson will resign.

Lagerback has led Sweden to the last five major tournaments but is now ready to end his tenure: "Roland and I stop, either after the World Cup in South Africa, after a play-off or after the qualifying match against Albania.

"I have been very privileged to have worked so long with these guys. But I am very disappointed that we did not score more goals during qualifying."

Following last night's defeat, Sweden's destiny is no longer in their own hands. Portugal trounced Hungary 3-0 in Lisbon to move one point ahead of Lagerback's team ahead of the final round of matches.

Carlos Queiroz's charges host winless Malta in Guimaraes on Wednesday while Sweden take on Albania in Solna.