Former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson has claimed the FA banned Abba from recording a World Cup song for the England national football team.
The Swedish coach appeared on Hello Great Britain to discuss his role in this year’s Soccer Aid, when he made the reveal.
Yesterday (September 2), Abba released their first new music in four decades, announcing a new album later this year and two new singles which are available now.
Speaking on GMB, presenter Kate Garraway said: “I was surprised to hear … that you spoke to Abba at one point about recording a World Cup song for England.”
Eriksson recalls, “I worked with Tord Grip, and he’s a close friend of Abba’s Benny Andersson. One day we called Benny and asked him, ‘Would you like to do an English song before the big tournament? I think it was a World Cup.
According to Eriksson, Andersson then replied that he “would do this for free.”
“And then I went to the FA board and said, ‘Abba is ready to do the song,’ and they said, ‘No. We can’t use Swedish singers to do this song. it must be english [artist], ‘”Continued Eriksson. “So that was a shame, but I can understand it. “
Harry Redknapp, who was also interviewed on the show, commented: “After giving the job to a Swedish manager, it seems strange that you can’t give the Swedish band a song. It’s crazy, really.
It is not known exactly when Eriksson claims the incident took place. He was manager of the England men’s team from 2001 to 2006.
Prior to their recent reunion, Abba parted ways in 1982.