The tournament's leading goalscorer Harry Kane failed to find the net for the first time in the competition, but the England captain said confidence was high after posting the country's best run at a major tournament since Euro '96.
Then there is the improved big-game experience, with the England boss thankful to predecessor Hodgson for being bold enough to give young talent a chance at Euro 2016.
"It was my first global goal on the biggest stage of them all", Maguire said.More news: Defending Champion Garbine Muguruza Knocked Out In Wimbledon 2nd Round
"I think we have worked hard at establishing a clear identity", he said. Got over that nonsense years ago.
"So they're two years further on and we've benefited from that as well".
Victory was just reward for England's tenacity and togetherness, not to mention Jordan Pickford's excellence in goal, but sober reflection might uncover areas for improvement.
Despite reaching the semifinals, Southgate was keen to stress that his players were still developing. "They are all top people and are the reason we are in the semi-final just as much as any other". "But, you know, we are progressing really well".More news: Concerned England fans make the same joke about the referee against Sweden
Terry Comitti, an England fan who is staying at the hotel told the Daily Mail: "The Swedish players looked like they had the right hump".
"And hopefully with what our junior teams have been doing at global level as well, it will be a sign to all clubs that, whether it's in England or overseas, that English players can play".
"It's quite unusual for me to witness all the hype and the crowds and how excited they are because that's what it must have been (like) in Italia 90 when we got to the semis", he explained.
"His use of the ball is as good as any centre-back in the tournament". I'm not sure he's always believed that.More news: United States jobs growth stronger than expected