The Manchester City forward tormented the Swedish defence throughout but social media users chose to focus on his failure to double England's lead with a clear-cut chance before the interval. England's World Cup campaign has been a definite success so there is no need to make unnecessary changes to a side that is on such a role.
However, Sterling has also received support from David Beckham, who joined Neville in defending the 23-year-old. "He's had a fantastic tournament so far and hopefully he can continue to have one in the next week".
Those rumours proved unfounded as Sterling played the full 90 minutes of the 6-1 rout, setting up Jesse Lingard for England's goal of the tournament so far.
"We are in the semi final of a World Cup".
"They are really good at set-pieces and their tall players are risky at corners". "The way he goes about his job has been fantastic, his attitude, work ethic, both fantastic as well. We don't fear England or anybody else".
Yet three in 43 and an appearance in the World Cup final?
The fact that he got a gun tattooed on his right leg in the buildup to the World Cup didn't exactly help matters and while his first-person account with the Players' Tribune did make people empathise with him, he remains a divisive figure in his homeland.
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On a more positive note, he looked forward to playing another attack-minded team in England after his side's relative struggles against the more defensive styles of Iceland, Denmark and Russian Federation.
With the nation back home having worked itself into a World Cup frenzy, Southgate admits he has thoroughly enjoyed his two years in charge.
The Three Lions' last-four tie is on Wednesday night (23.30 IST).
Playing alongside Liverpool's Dejan Lovren, Vida has been one of the best defenders at Russian Federation 2018 and Dalic said he would be key to Croatia's plans to keeping Kane out, just as they stopped Argentina's Lionel Messi and Christian Eriksen of Denmark.
"We as a country are united and behind the team".
One of the more experienced figures in a youthful squad, Young, 33, also said this version of England is not inhibited by previous failures.