Ferdinand said: "We hadn't won our opening game [at a Euros]. We got rid of that. We hadn't beaten Germany. We got rid of that.
"This team are breaking down barriers. Everyone was saying we're too negative, we don't take risks. Southgate has a gameplan to be hard to beat. These guys are playing for their manager. You can tell."
Former England midfielder Karen Carney said on BBC Radio 5 Live: "It might not be pretty, it might not be the most attractive way but it's the England way and we're getting it done."