Hedman also singled out David Seaman for praise, and said: "Anyone in England who questions the ability
of David Seaman doesn't know a lot about football.
"Seaman is the one who kept England in the game and if they had lost it would
have been difficult to qualify.
"Without David Seaman there is no doubt Sweden would have won that game 3-1."
Hedman also believes the familiarity of Sweden's players with the English Premiership helped them launch a second-half counter attack which could have brought a vital victory.
Goalscorer Niclas Alexandersson and Tobias Linderoth play at Everton, while Arsenal's Freddie Ljungberg and Aston Villa's Olof Mellberg also ply their trade in England.
He said: "It always helps when you are playing against players you have played against before, and it definitely helps when we are used to the English way of playing.
"Now we are confident we can get better. The key for us was not to lose the first game, and of course we are happy we have done that.
"We've got Nigeria and Argentina to come, and even though we know Argentina have some top, top players, we have to hope we can produce a performance like we did in the second half against England."