However, during the Three Lions last 16 victory against Colombia, England centre-back Harry Maguire was caught out attempting a pretty blatant dive in the South American sides' box in an effort to win a penalty.
Eric Dier hammered home his attempt to wrap up a 4-3 victory after goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saved Carlos Bacca's spot-kick as the new generation overcame what has always been an English hoodoo.
"It's a great opportunity, and although our team will be individually better in two years, we might not have this opportunity again", said Southgate.
"But now we have a chance to reassess and it will be a tough game for sure".
Of course, what he really wanted to do was fill up his 280 character limit with the lyrics of John Barnes's "World In Motion" rap in block capitals, but we imagine that royal protocol put a downer on that.
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"It's nearly like they're here with us, in this day and age with all the technology".
Dier was England's surprise fifth penalty taker ahead of Jamie Vardy, whom it was subsequently revealed was suffering from an injury, and the Spurs man says the country's previous spot-kick heartache was hard to ignore.
"I grew up there so I was very aware of it", said Dier.
"You go in with confidence because you've got to".
"So, hopefully he's come through it OK".
And Eriksson warned that Gareth Southgate's side may have been better off facing tournament favourites Brazil rather than Sweden. I think sometimes around major tournaments the relationships between our guys and the media has been a bit confrontational and I don't think it has to be that way.