Granqvist's wife Sophie gave birth to the couple's second daughter, Mika, overnight on Friday while the veteran defender continued preparations for his side's quarter-final in Samara.
But one of the most freaky came after the win over Colombia from former Eastenders star Ross Kemp.
England, though, are not kidding themselves that they have peaked and will return to their Repino base focused on fine tuning their game.
"We've worked really hard and we've shown that we really work for each other, we fight for each other and we do it as a collective". The others were all on the pitch.
"It means a lot to us", Dier was quoted as saying by ESPNFC.
"I don't think anything went wrong".
"We felt we could dominate the ball today". But we have so many quality footballers. It's been a long time since we last won it.
"I think that is probably starting to register with them now - maybe I tell the truth most of the time".
"Young and Walker, we've no reason to believe they're serious issues".
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For now the boys were in isolation to try to keep them safe from infections by outsiders. Prime Minister Theresa May said: "Delighted to see the successful rescue".
The general perception of the England side has been a positive one, though Sweden scout Tom Prahl was quoted as telling Expressen that "in terms of weaknesses, they aren't very good at moving the ball quick" and have not "been under much pressure". It was a really tough game. We had to score those of course but we were faced with a good team.
We can only hope that Beckham ensures the LA Galaxy striker goes through with the forfeit.
Around 85 per cent of England fans are expected to watch matches at home, with the CRR saying they are likely to fork out a total of about £1.2bn on food and drink if the England team gets to the final. Both previous World Cup meetings between the sides have finished in draws, most recently in 2006.
This time he was onside but perhaps clouded by his long wait for a goal, Sterling decided against passing to an open team-mate and instead saw a shot deflected behind by Andreas Granqvist.
England midfielder Fabian Delph missed his side's dramatic win over Colombia to be at the birth of his third child, but has since travelled back to Russian Federation. But that can't be at the detriment of the performance level.
"We've done great up until now, but we look it's another step we've got to overcome".
"Oddly enough, when it gets to these games, they're not always as honest as they might be about how fit they are".
"To that Beckham replied: "@iamzlatanibrahimovic if @swemnt win I will personally take you to @IKEASverige and buy you what ever you need for the new mansion in LA @lagalaxy.
"It's not straightforward, we won't see everything, but we'll have a feel from what they're reporting and the way they're running and try and make the best decisions we can".