"In the first half I wasn't as sharp or as good on the ball as I should have been, but you have those games and thankfully the team played so well".
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. "The fans at home, I'm sure we'll see some videos tonight of them enjoying it".
Just four teams remain in the World Cup.
Back in 1990, more than 300,000 fans flocked to Luton Airport to greet Bobby Robson's team after they lost a dramatic semi-final penalty shoot-out against West Germany.
Instead, the Three Lions took the direct route, with Leicester City centre-back Maguire powering in a header from an Ashley Young corner. Mikael Lustig's absence was notable in the Swedish defence that, for the first time at this World Cup, had troubles in the air.
Before England's second goal Sweden missed a golden opportunity to level right after the restart but Pickford, who was named man of the match, made an outstanding save, palming Marcus Berg's close-range header away.
So they were tough opponents and set out exactly what that meant at kick-off when they lined their players up on the left-hand side of the pitch and had no one down the right.
Southgate's biggest call had been whether or not to keep faith with Dele, who played on with a groin injury in the opening match against Tunisia, which he had started encouragingly.
They lacked the resilience displayed in the last-16 defeat of Switzerland, but Andersson said the outcome was through England's excellence more than anything.
Although Sweden rallied in the final 30 minutes, forcing two good saves from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, England comfortably held on for its first shutout of the tournament.
Sterling and Harry Kane have formed a far more effective partnership than has been recognised.
Ambitions appeared to be thwarted for so long by a culture of entitlement as England gloried in the hype and status of being the birthplace of football without backing it up with results.
England are already guaranteed a heroes' homecoming whatever happens against Croatia in Moscow on Wednesday or, if they win that game, in Sunday's World Cup final.