England manager Gareth Southgate is responsible for steering England into their first World Cup semi finals since 1990, seeing them face Croatia tonight from 7pm in the hopes of making it through to the final.
Just three epic games to play (and one "well we may as well while we're here" encounter) - until Russian Federation 2018 announces its ultimate victor; Vladimir Putin, aside.
The 2018 side are guaranteed to join that pantheon whatever the result of Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia in Moscow, though, and Southgate said there were some similarities.
"We've been one of the youngest teams in the tournament, the least experienced, but we were never quite sure how far this team could go", said Southgate. With 60 minutes of extra time and two penalty-kick shootouts, it's as if Croatia has played an entire extra match.More news: NASA's Kepler Telescope 'close to death' as it runs out of fuel
"We've made several pieces of history". "I want to win the World Cup - the Ballon d'Or is not my problem".
Scott Ratcliffe and his 10-year-old son Eliott, who has broken up from school, were in the queue to pick up their Fan IDs, having arrived in Moscow on Tuesday. "And then we look forward to doing it all again on Sunday!"
"I'm certainly proud of the support we're receiving". Our supporters have had a long time of suffering in terms of football.
About a dozen England fans passing through Heathrow wore dark blue waistcoats over their T-shirts in tribute to Southgate who has taken to wearing a waistcoat on the touch-line along with suit pants and a dress shirt and tie.More news: Pakistani authorities arrest ousted premier Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law
"Football's coming home, I couldn't listen to it for 20 years, frankly".
England's progress in Russian Federation has revived the Three Lions anthem - which includes the line "football's coming home".
"This team is nowhere near the level they will be capable of, partly because of age and partly because over the years they'll have more big-match experience". "It has a slightly different feel for me, but it's nice to hear people enjoying it again".More news: Na eases to five-shot victory at The Greenbrier