Samara - England manager Gareth Southgate said a Soccer World Cup semi-final against hosts Russian Federation in Moscow would be "incredible", after his side saw off Sweden on Saturday to reach the last four.
The fans who serenaded their side at the Samara Arena stayed long after fulltime to herald the achievement, knowing that with so numerous favourites having departed, England have arguably their best chance of global glory in more than half a century.
That was England's eighth set-piece goal at this World Cup, but, while they are lethal from dead balls, apart from Kane they are not blessed with too many other sharp shooters.
Sweden's strengths will undoubtedly come from their defence, which has conceded only two goals in the whole tournament so far - the lowest of any of the remaining nations, with both coming in their 2-1 defeat to Germany in the group stages.More news: Texas mom shoots man who stole SUV with kids inside
But England pressed home their advantage in the 58th minute with a Dele Alli header following an attack that seemed to involve most of England's front line.
But, despite these concerns, England have reached a World Cup semi-final for the first time since Italia '90. The squad last won the World Cup in 1966.
You've got a good, maybe great team, and there's something oddly disarming about your ubiquitous, semi-ironic fight song. "Onwards" they declare as Maguire leads the celebrations after "England march into the semis" for the first time in 28 years. Robin Olsen and Victor Lindelof had impressive performances but it wasn't enough.
The forward-pressing Swedes, clearly getting exhausted, left enough holes in the back to keep the England strikers in the game but Sterling and substitute Fabian Delph failed to show enough interest to vie for the ball as a rebound came their way with minutes to play for.More news: Over 100 'chimneys' drilled into mountain in bid to reach trapped boys
Confidence, optimism and expectation is sweeping the country as England supporters dare to dream football may be on its way home.
Sterling got hold of the loose ball but his shot was deflected over.Sterling's movement was very good, though, causing Sweden's slow defense problems throughout. I want to pay tribute to the team and the coach. I think that's a right description for us.
Virtually from the kickoff, Sweden sent a long pass forward to tall striker Ola Toivonen and looked for a flick-on.
Reflecting during his post-match press conference, Andersson told the assembled reporters (via Sky Sports) that he could envisage England going on to win the World Cup.More news: Daniel Cormier claims UFC heavyweight championship with KO of Stipe Miocic