England won a World Cup penalty shootout for the first time to reach the quarter-finals, but upcoming opponents Sweden will pose another challenge that has proved notoriously hard in the past.
England came into the quarterfinal on a high after breaking their World Cup shootout duck in their round-of-16 victory over Colombia, and they kept the good times rolling against a thoroughly outclassed Sweden.
"I'm so, so proud of what all of the players and all of the staff have done because we've got to this point because the collective has been so strong". "Being both British and Swedish, we were on the edge of our seats during the game and we would like to say 'Grattis!' [congratulations in Swedish] to the England team for getting through to the semi-finals".
"We have lots of good young players who are showing on a world stage they're prepared to be fearless with the ball".
"I think we were fearless enough to play at times and open them up, and probably could have had a couple more".
England are into the semi-finals of the World Cup after beating Sweden 2-0 in Samara on Saturday afternoon.
But Andersson said his team was just not good enough to beat Gareth Southgate's men, stating that his players tried their best "to even reach the competition's last eight stage".
"Personally, I don't think I played as well as I should have", he said. Long balls and different to what we have faced so far. "The team that can handle their feelings best will have an advantage", he said.
Many narratives are being rewritten in Southgate's first major tournament since being appointed coach of the senior side in September 2016 after several years coaching England's youth ranks.
"It's coming home" brigade has gained more mileage since England's victory over Sweden.
"We have got to keep on improving as staff and as players".
England held the lead through the halftime whistle before Dele Alli picked up some insurance.
Sweden last made it to the semifinals in 1994.
In the second half England goal keeper Jordan Pickford saved the day with stunning defense.