England's goalkeeper tipped over a Berg attempt as the match entered the final 20 minutes, which Southgate's men saw out without major incident thanks to impressive game management.
A chant of "On our way, on our way, to Moscow, on our way" came from England fans in one corner of the Samara Arena.More news: UFC 226 odds roundup: Cormier an underdog facing Miocic in Las Vegas
For Sweden, who failed to qualify for the previous two World Cups, it was their best result since finishing third at the 1994 Ffinals. Sterling in particular proved a bright spark with his movement and pressing, and was unfortunate not to open his account - thwarted by goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
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.
Virtually from kickoff, Sweden sent long passes forward to tall striker Ola Toivonen and looked for a flick-on.
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"So much preparation for this game, I thought we were fantastic, Sweden made it hard". It was England's eighth set-piece goal of its 11 in Russian Federation, and the center back's first in global soccer.
"We have always said we would take one game at a time and we can go on and create our own history".
England and Sweden faced off in the World Cup on Saturday morning, and a familiar dance from Fortnite just so happened to make an appearance in the game. "I felt that we had the match in our hands". We have a really great bond between the 23 players and the staff.More news: UFC 226: Daniel Cormier ends Stipe Miocic's reign with a knockout