The Three Lions kick off against Colombia at 7pm United Kingdom time in the final match of a World Cup round of 16 that has seen numerous favourites and world's best players - Lionel Messi's Argentina and Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal - sent packing.
England substitute Dier missed the best chance of the extra period when he headed over the bar but he made up for it in emphatic fashion with the winning penalty in the shootout.
Jordan Pickford's save from Colombia's Carlos Bacca, following Mateus Uribe's miss, enabled Eric Dier to score the decisive kick for England, which sends them through to a quarterfinal clash with Sweden in Samara on Saturday.
The Three Lions can continue believing that it's coming home.
Another tweeted: "The more I see of Mr Southgate, the more impressive he gets". "We had the belief and the resilience to get over the line".
Their manager Gareth Southgate embraced his support staff, aware that the hoodoo had finally been undone.
Southgate shaking hands with Colombia striker Radamel Falcao after England's shootout success.
"Tonight was a classic example". "We are not a rich country but everyone has found a way to be here because we are very emotional, very patriotic" she said.
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Southgate did eventually allow himself to enjoy the moment with his team and family, who he joined in the stands for an emotional reunion.
Fabian Delph was the only player missing and was on his way back to the squad on Wednsday night after his wife gave birth to their third child.
Jordan Pickford's magnificent save.
Last week, he said: "I've learnt a million things from the day and the years that have followed it".
He posted this message on social media, saying: 'I've just experienced the most unbelievable 24 hours watching my brothers come through a tough game both mentally and physically. "He's really athletic around the goal, he is excellent and he executed the plan in the penalty shootout". I've got that power and agility to get around the goal.
England now face Sweden, who overcame Switzerland in St Petersburg, for a place in the semifinals, with many regarding the English as strong favourites to progress.
"There were many, many fouls in the game and I don't think we conceded anywhere near the number of our opponents". So if a team wants to play a certain style, those interruptions are not favorable.
"It's like a scene from "MASH" in the dressing room". It leaves a sour taste, because we thought we could have qualified. We knew what we had to do, we stayed calm, we stuck to our plan, we never panicked all the way through extra time.