At the end of it all, Gareth Southgate embraced his assistant Steve Holland. Then, quite deliberately, he sought out each and every member of his back-room staff and gave them the same celebratory greeting, one by one. It took some time, so many are involved in this World Cup campaign.
Only then did he find his way on to the pitch where Jesse Lingard, John Stones and Kyle Walker were dancing a daft jig in front of the England fans. Just that moment was telling; players from rival Manchester clubs usually locked in parochial combat, as comrades in arms.
Then it was Southgate’s turn to take the limelight. He strode towards the fans, clenched his fists tight and let out a guttural roar as he acknowledged the scale of his achievement.
England have booked their place in the semi-finals of the Russia World Cup after defeating Sweden 2-0 in Samara
The Swedes were left heartbroken at the final whistle as England put in a dominant performance to progress to the last four
Manager Gareth Southgate roared with jubilation as the referee signalled full time, following five minutes of added time
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was equally as delighted and unleashed his emotions as England were confirmed victors
The Everton man was also awarded man of the match after a solid performance between the sticks, earning a clean sheet
Dele Alli made it 2-0 to England after latching on to a Jesse Lingard in-swinging cross and heading the ball home
Alli popped up at the back post to make solid contact with the ball, after England had made solid use of possession