In spite of Croatia being the strongest team that England have faced so far, coach Gareth Southgate insisted Tuesday "England will continue playing with the same approach and shape" that they have so far done in the tournament.
"We want Gareth and the players to know that the city of Leeds is right behind them when they take on Croatia in the semi-final on Wednesday". We've won a game in stoppage-time, we've had to recover from conceding in the last minute, we've been through extra-time, we've won on penalties, we've made several pieces of history - the biggest win, the first knockout win for ten years, first quarter-final win for longer. "That is awesome, but I think it's time we knock it off the number one spot with Three Lions. Come on England - it's coming home!". We want this to be a family-friendly occasion and a chance for England fans young and old to show the positive spirit of football to the country and the world. "It is a special feeling and a privilege".
But with every passing game, with every win, the utterances of Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds' 1990s anthem become less ironic.
Southgate's side have been buoyed by more than just an anthemic pop song, though.
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England will play in a World Cup semi-final for the first time since Italia 90, but Southgate insists his life outside of the game will not change if England progress to the final, or even win the tournament.
Southgate, who was surprised by the vest craze, said he never considered himself a "fashion icon" but loved the enthusiasm from supporters across the UK.
"I don't know what will happen if we win, probably nobody will go to work".
London Ambulance Service tweeted photos of the badly damaged ambulance and the official Joint Response Unit Twitter account also tweeted to say: "We are better than this England".
"This generation has been underrated due to their results but they've had the quality and now they are showing it".