The leggie has had his ups and downs but Morgan continued to trust him despite his below-par showing in the group stages of the World Cup. By getting to the final, England have assured the match will be screened on free-to-air television in Britain - the first time this has happened for one of their major home fixtures since the 2005 Ashes series.
If Archer epitomised that carefree attitude more than anyone, seemingly unfazed by the pressure of the biggest over of his life in his first season of worldwide cricket, it was Stokes who will be the abiding image of this final and this World Cup.
England will face New Zealand in the World Cup final at Lord's on July 14.
"It's been an absolutely incredible journey to everybody around the country and around the world who has followed us and supported us, thank you so much".
Morgan's confidence never faltered, however, with the skipper pointing out after Thursday's match that England had backed up Rashid in the field by not missing a chance off his bowling unlike in previous games. Obviously today is a big day of sport with Wimbledon and the Silverstone GP going on.
"But ultimately they will be judged on their performance on Sunday".
They then made 15 in their additional Super Over, bowled by Trent Boult, before New Zealand matched that in their own Super Over, bowled by Jofra Archer.
The Irishman also lauded the diverse culture in the England team. "To win World Cups you have to be street-smart", said Waugh. Morgan, asked about the cynicism surrounding England's knockout prospects, replied: "I think we're quite cynical people, who never quite give people credit when it's due".
Morgan enters hallowed territory as an English World Cup-winning captain, joining the likes of Bobby Moore and Martin Johnson. He has been one of the top wicket-takers since the last World Cup but has not been at his best in the ongoing tournament due to a shoulder niggle.
Buttler, the wicketkeeper-batsman who earlier scored a vital 59, said the experience and atmosphere of the final would "live with me forever".
The success meant England's cricketers matched the nation's 1966 football team and the 2003 rugby union team in becoming world champions. "We were trying to keep it simple and bowl yorkers the whole time until he bowled that short ball, so it was reaffirming what he was trying to do the whole time and that he was doing a great job", Morgan said.
He added: "There's no Mount Rushmore".
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