"We had hoped [for this] and we believed in our team, but the feeling when we finally entered the finals can not be compared to anything", said Croatia fan Ivan Kecerin. But when England face Croatia in Russian Federation on Wednesday, there may only be a few thousand England supporters present.
The Three Lions crashed out of the World Cup after a heart-breaking extra-time defeat against Croatia in the semi-final in Moscow. And I think we need to take full credit for that because we've changed that.
Prince William wrote from the Kensington Palace Twitter feed that he "couldn't be more proud" of the England players, adding: "You've had an incredible World Cup, made history and gave us fans something to believe in".
The game turned in overtime on two plays - one on which a defender was alert, the other on which a defender was caught napping.
The draw at 90 minutes led to a heated extra time period with during which England's Dele Alli and Croatia's Ivan Rakitic almost came to blows. It's been unbelievable watching and feeling a nation who has been buzzing game after game.
That the nation will be backing them to gain revenge for the World Cup semi-final loss to France in 1998 is without question, as is the fact that there will once again be an army of fans decked out in red and white checks at the Luzhniki Stadium.
Eric Amsalem, a 48-year-old Croatian fan with his face painted in the colours of the national flag said: "It's a small country. Everybody has come. It's the best feeling in a long time".
Kieran Tripper, who was perhaps England's best player out in Russian Federation and scored on the night, was comforted by wife Charlotte and their young daughter.
"It was a good game".
Pundit and former England star Gary Lineker said he was "utterly choked" but the "young side gave absolutely everything".
The Times and The Guardian said it was the "end of the dream" while i said "Southgate's team will still return as heroes after superb World Cup effort".