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On this day - Former City keeper Magnus Hedman plays for Sweden against England in the 2002 World Cup

2 June 2014

With plenty of City-related World Cup trivia, we begin our series looking back on a certain Swede against England...

Over the summer, we will be taking you down memory lane as we look back on former Coventry City players who have played in the World Cup or have starred for the national teams in Brazil this year.

The World Cup starts in 10 days time and over the month, we will bring you plenty of stats, facts and trivia from past City players.

We start our series in 2002 when a certain City Swede played against England...

Hedman saves denies England all three points against Sweden

The former Sky Blues stopper started for Sweden against England in the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea.

It was the first game of the tournament for both sides and with Argentina and Nigeria making up the rest of Group F, it was important for both sides to get off to a good start.

England, managed by Sven Goren Eriksson, went ahead in the 24th minute as Sol Campbell rose highest in the area to power his header past Hedman.

After the break, Niclas Alexandersson levelled the tie for Sweden with 30 minutes remaining.

Hedman was forced into action late on as his saves denied Michael Owen and Paul Scholes efforts which meant the sides shared the points.

Hedman signed for Coventry City in 1997 from AIK and went on to make over 140 appearances for the Sky Blues before moving on to Scottish giants Celtic in 2002.

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