England football fans celebrate in the streets after victory over Sweden

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England seemed nervous but finally profited from the familiarity of a corner routine - the eighth set-piece in fact from which they have scored at the World Cup.

Croatia will next play England in the semifinals on Wednesday in Moscow.

Asked who he'd rather play in the semis - Russian Federation or Croatia - he replied: "It's about us as a team".

England midfielder Eric Dier has told ESPN Brasil he wants the team to inspire future generations after they reached a first World Cup semifinal since 1990.

"It was a bit different this time, when we felt we were in control from start to finish".

England's deep run also is a surprise.

"The chance to connect everybody through football and to make a difference to how people feel", England coach Gareth Southgate said, "that is even more powerful than what we are doing with our results".

Yet the performances of Gareth Southgate's squad - the second youngest at the tournament - are being celebrated wildly back home.

Alli's effort to double the lead just before the hour sent the England fans behind that goal into full party mode - a sight which must have brought back fond memories for Maguire, who, then at Hull City, attended Euro 2016 as a fan along with his friends.

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"I did my best to bring as many Swedes as I could", Swedish fan Mats Sjoberg said.

Only Owen, who netted as an 18-year-old at France 98, has scored a World Cup goal for England at a younger age but rather than basking in the moment, Alli was holding himself to higher standards.

Centre-back Maguire connected with an Ashley Young corner to score his first worldwide goal and reward England for their more adventurous approach in a largely cautious first half.

In saying that England are still not creating enough clear-cut chances and know this ultimately catch them out against the best teams, of which Croatia are one.

For the second goal, Jesse Lingard served up the ball to an unmarked Alli, who nodded in from close range.

"But that's something we'll work on and take to the next game".

Sterling and Harry Kane have formed a far more effective partnership than has been recognised.

Set clear by Jordan Henderson's long pass over the defense late in the first half, Sterling tried to get around Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen but was stopped.

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