Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has said that he would relish the opportunity to coach Côte d'Ivoire at the FIFA World Cup™ but admits no deal is yet in place.

The Ivorians are still searching for a coach after dismissing Vahid Halilhodzic shortly after the CAF Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year. Former Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster yesterday claimed he was on the verge of accepting an offer to coach Les Elephants, but Eriksson remains very much in the frame and would love to be given the reins after leading England at the 2002 and 2006 finals.

The World Cup is the world's biggest sporting event, a great festival of football for a month. It is incredible to be part of it, as a player and as a coach.

Former England boss Eriksson

The 62-year-old Swede told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper: "It would be great to sit on a bench at (another) World Cup, definitely, but I have not received any confirmation. The phone is hot here. We'll see what happens. I have not received any confirmation yet anyway."

He added: "The World Cup is the world's biggest sporting event, a great festival of football for a month. It is incredible to be part of it, as a player and as a coach."

The former Mexico boss believes 2002 world champions Brazil and reigning European champions Spain will be the two teams to beat in South Africa. "I have two big favourites: Brazil and Spain," he said. "On paper they look strong."

Asked then about Côte d'Ivoire, he replied: "We must wait and see."