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Eriksson warns England players to behave

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LONDON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - England coach Sven Goran Eriksson says he will omit from his World Cup squad any players who misbehave.

"If any player isn't behaving properly there is an easy solution for me. I will not include them in my squad," Eriksson was quoted on the English Football Association's (FA) official website as telling a Swedish newspaper. "I will not look for difficult solutions when there are easy ones to be taken." The Swede's comments follow a string of off-field incidents involving English soccer players in recent months.

Last week the FA said Chelsea defender John Terry would not be considered for selection by England until his assault case is over.

They are still deciding whether Leeds defender Jonathan Woodgate will be allowed to play for the national team again after his conviction for affray in December in connection with an attack on a student in Leeds city centre. "Whether you are the manager of a club or a national side, you always have the same ideas and philosophies of how your players should perform and behave," Eriksson added.

"If you take over at a club and realise some players are not behaving properly, then you have a problem and you have to be very quick to tell them off.

"The boys who do not have good behaviour can disturb it for everyone else in the group." Eriksson, who will soon be naming his squad for the friendly against the Netherlands on February 13, said the players needed to use common sense.

"Now, wherever England are travelling in the world, it is important that everyone knows just who we are," he added. "We are England and we are not second class. It has to be first class in everything we do. "Of course, I always want to have good people around me but I cannot stand up in front of the players and read out a list of 200 rules.

"We all just need to use our common sense."

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