Others are finding maturity under Southgate; John Stones hardly put a foot wrong in central defense where Kyle Walker showed pace and awareness in a role he doesn't usually play and Jordan Henderson is mature an hard working in midfield, providing a ideal foil as Jesse Lingard flits and probes for openings.
'We are in this position because guys that are in the squad like (Gary) Cahill, (Phil) Jones, (Danny) Welbeck, (Nick) Pope, (Jack) Butland, (Danny) Rose, the older ones, have been exceptional in their mentality, their attitude to support the team, to train every day.
"This here today just shows you what fans we have got".
"I think the occasion got to Sweden but England overcame that trepidation".
"Being both British and Swedish, we were on the edge of our seats during the game and we would like to say 'grattis!' (that's congratulations in Swedish) to the England team for getting through to the semi-finals".
Even England's players have got in on the act, with Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard sharing the contents of his phone conversation with his mother.
Maybe it really IS coming home!
This group is tighter than previous generations in Southgate's opinion, thanks to bonding in the development teams and an ability to put club rivalries aside.
Fernandes had been a hero for Russian Federation earlier when his header in the 115th?minute equalized and sent the match to penalties after Domagoj Vida's goal in the 101st had given Croatia a 2-1 lead.
After England won a corner, Maguire got his head on a handsome ball from Ashley Young to give the Three Lions the lead just 30 minutes into the match.
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With warm temperatures , windy conditions and potential for lightning, there's a chance of more fires in the coming days. A fire broke out in the hills above Goleta late Friday night, causing mandatory evacuations in the surrounding areas.
Not everyone in the city is thrilled with how things have been going.
Kane now heads the table on six goals, two clear of second place Romelu Lukaku, who has been eased out to 10/1 from 8/1.
"Over the years we have underestimated them".
The absolute banger of a tune, which has been sung spontaneously by many an England fan on the streets in the last couple of weeks, first hit the charts in 1996 when it was released for the Euros.
Gareth Southgate - who has become a surprise fashion icon over his waistcoat - has allegedly been advised to prevent his team shaking hands for medical reasons.
Bill said: "National holiday declared, 24hr re-runs on the telly, knighthood for Gareth Southgate and £1 a pint month. oh and still some twerp moaning about how we won it by being defensive?"
"It was a hard game, Sweden made it tough, they play long balls which is different to what we've faced so far, but we created a few brilliant set pieces and crosses in the box, so yeah, we're buzzing".
Though it was his first worldwide goal, Maguire has been a risky target man from set pieces throughout the tournament, and he credited his teammates for delivering the ball in the right areas.
'And hopefully with what our junior teams have been doing at worldwide level as well, it will be a sign to all clubs that, whether it's in England or overseas, that English players can play.
Liverpool have Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan as other centre back options, but England's Harry Maguire would be seen as a vast improvement on those should Liverpool listen to their fans' demands and make a move.