Sven eyes Wembley debut

Last updated : 18 December 2007 By Ben Collins
The City boss never led out England at Wembley as the stadium was being rebuilt during his tenure as national team coach.

Coincidentally, the last game at the old Wembley - a 1-0 defeat by Germany - marked the end of Kevin Keegan's reign as England boss.

The stadium was set to reopen before the last World Cup but it was delayed until after Eriksson was replaced by Steve McClaren.

Victory over Tottenham tonight, though, would put Sven on the verge of a Wembley visit with the Blues.

City are hoping to reach their first cup semi-final since 1981 and go into the game on the back of a 100% record at home this season, having won 10 out of 10 in all competitions.

"I hope to sit on the bench at Wembley and I hope it is this season," said Sven.

"When I was with England, the plan was that the last game before the 2006 World Cup would be played at Wembley but, as you know, the stadium's opening was delayed by almost one year.

"Maybe it's destiny. The last qualification game that England played before I arrived in the job was at Wembley, and they did not play there agan until after I left.

"I think it's a dream for every player, coach and manager to be at Wembley in a game. It's also my dream as well to sit on the bench at Wembley. But it is only a quarter-final and the final is a long way away."

Should City progress, we'd still need to come through a two-legged semi-final to book our first trip to Wembley since the dramatic 1999 play-off final win over Gillingham.