Henderson has enjoyed a stunning summer so far, excelling in England's midfield and helping Gareth Southgate's side to reach the semi-finals. Not even the England side containing stars like Beckham, Steven Gerrard and a young Wayne Rooney ever got this far at a major tournament.
Harry Maguire is the ideal embodiment of this ethos and, having famously attended Euro 2016 as an England fan, he was here in Samara to provide the vital breakthrough when meeting Ashley Young's in-swinging cross in the first half.
Leicester defender Maguire headed in the opening goal from a corner on 30 minutes, with Alli adding a second just before the hour.
The first of those three games saw the Three Lions take on Sweden in Samara in the World Cup quarter-final on Saturday afternoon. Mikael Lustig's absence was notable in the Swedish defence that, for the first time at this World Cup, had troubles in the air.
"The resilience of the team and togetherness was special today".
The trio have not clicked, and it has been a combination of set pieces and captain Harry Kane that have made the difference.
Despite that, it was a jittery first half with England coming close several times.
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However, it was the Croatians who held their nerve in the shoot-out to triumph 4-3 and will now face England on Wednesday. It would be a pity to be here and not see Moscow. "We succeeded but we have to keep going forward".
"It means a lot to us", Tottenham player Dier, speaking in Portuguese to ESPN Brasil's Francisco de Laurentiis, said.
Sterling's movement was very good, though, causing Sweden's slow defense problems throughout.
Virtually from the kickoff, Sweden sent a long pass forward to tall striker Ola Toivonen and looked for a flick-on.
The 1966 World Cup winners England will face Sweden in Samara, where they will fight for a coveted place in the semi-finals.
Sky Sports' lead presenter Simon Lazenby, alongside Paul de Resta and Johnny Herbert, were interviewing Haas team principal Guenther Steiner following a thrilling British GP qualifying, as both Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean finished in the top 10, securing seventh and eighth on the grid respectively. "I felt that we had the match in our hands".
With twists and drama starting from the group stages to nearing the penultimate phase of the tournament, the World Cup in Russian Federation has truly exceeded expectations as we witness scintillating action on every matchday.
His blushes were saved by the linesman's flag as he fluffed the first chance, but moments later he ran through again, this time trying to round the keeper, only to be denied once more.