England football fans celebrate in the streets after victory over Sweden

England players celebrate after Eric Dier scores the winning penalty against Colombia

These are qualities that have helped this England team close a distance with their public that seemed firmly entrenched after a succession of recent tournament failures.

Former Sweden global Hakan Mild labelled Southgate's youthful squad as "spoilt children who earn a lot of money" earlier this week and noises coming out of Janne Andersson's camp have broadly amounted to a feeling England may not be able to cope with their battling qualities.

"I know loads of fans have come here and some have gone back home, but we are doing this for all of them".

The crowd went wild after the goal, and Fortnite fans online celebrated yet another World Cup nod to the video game. In 2014, the team didn't even make it out of the group stage.

Others noted that it's not the first Fortnite dance Alli has done during a game, nor is it the first time one of the dances has been performed during the World Cup.

Alli proved his critics wrong two minutes before the hour mark when he met Kieran Trippier's cross with a deft header to put England firmly in the ascendancy.

Southgate's biggest call had been whether or not to keep faith with Dele, who played on with a groin injury in the opening match against Tunisia, which he had started encouragingly.

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But he stuck to his guns and will now have an ever greater belief that trying to fit Dele, Sterling and Jesse Lingard into the same team can work. One of the lowest points for English football came two years ago - days after that European Union referendum in Britain - when a team coached by Roy Hodgson was humiliated by Iceland.

"Personally, I don't think I played as well as I should have", he said.

"The first 30 minutes we were under control until the corner and they scored".

Both German and Spanish outlets focus their evaluation on England stopper Jordan Pickford who has starred between the sticks, which includes saving a penalty in the shootout against Colombia not to mention keeping a clean sheet versus Sweden.

This time he was onside but perhaps clouded by his long wait for a goal, Sterling decided against passing to an open team-mate and instead saw a shot deflected behind by Andreas Granqvist. "I wanted to say that already on the pitch, too, to our players".

It was England's 11th goal in Russian Federation, equaling the national record of 11 goals scored on the run to the World Cup title in 1966.

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