And, for all the progress they have made under Southgate, their struggle to create chances could yet be the thing that prevents them from winning this World Cup.
"During my time with England we met them four times".
Maradona, notorious in England for his famous "Hand of God" goal at the 1986 tournament, said the American official should have penalised Harry Kane rather than give a penalty for a foul by Colombia's Carlos Sanchez during Tuesday's knockout match.
They've scored more goals (12) than any team at the tournament, while Brazil have conceded the least goals (1).
England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates after the win in Moscow. Wouldn't be like England to forget their history. And man-mountain striker Artem Dzyuba seems to be on the end of everything played into the box. We don't have to be bowed by the pressure of the past. But I'd also find it hard to bet against a side that shows up at every major tournament.
A senior Labour spokesman said: "We don't want to get ahead of ourselves, but I think it is the case that Jeremy believes that if England were to win the World Cup there should be a public bank holiday in celebration".More news: Neymar inspires and infuriates as Brazil beat Mexico to make quarter-finals
Choruses of Three Lions rang out in town centre watering holes like Allstars and Yates, as people partied long into the night dreaming that football might just be coming home.
A pub where a mass brawl broke out during yesterday's England match has announced it will not be showing any more World Cup games.
Brazil defeated Mexico 2-0 to make the quarters but it was Neymar's histrionics that stole all the limelight. The question for head coach Roberto Martinez is whether he'll move to a more defensive posture.
This wasn't news for MLS fans, who already knew (and warned us) about Geiger's uneven performances. They play in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday.
WHY FRANCE WINS: We've yet to see the best of a French side that has everything trending in its favour. With the electric Kylian Mbappe upfront, few would bet against Les Blues reaching their first final since 2006.
Way too often a Spanish player would check and move horizontally rather than look to move into space, making it easy for a courageous but limited Russian Federation side to pack their defence and hang on for a penalty shootout which had a feeling of inevitability about it.