James Bastin said: "No matter where this insane World Cup takes us, I am eternally thankful to the England team for the glimmer of hope they injected into all of our lives - at least home feels like home again". So famous were his crosses that a movie, "Bend It Like Beckham", was spun off it in 2002.
"We have always said we would it take one game at a time, but we can certainly go on and create our own history".
"We know that in years to come, they are going to be stronger".
They will face Croatia, who had to endure a strength-sapping penalty shootout for the second consecutive match, in front of 80,000 people in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.
Nigel Howe: "The England team seem mostly like just ordinary guys, no huge ego or air of self-importance".
"And there's no doubt that the experiences of two years ago have got a lot of these lads today - Dele (Alli), Eric (Dier), Harry (Kane), (Kyle) Walker - all on the pitch (in a better place)".
At the World Cup, England's players have acted as screens to block defenders and give teammates space to attack the ball, as seen in England's opening goal against Panama scored by center back John Stones.
"And hopefully with what our junior teams have been doing at global level as well, it will be a sign to all clubs that, whether it's in England or overseas, that English players can play". They've used decoy runners.
The domestic press, criticised by some in the past for putting too much pressure on the team and being excessively critical, have been given better than usual access to the players, many of whom have been happy to share their back stories.
'At New Year we usually get around 1,800 calls - 600 of which are to 999.
"They are willing to put their heads through a brick wall", Young said with smile.
However, the feel-good vibes around coach Gareth Southgate's squad - who have reached England's first World Cup semi-finals since 1990 - also have a dark side. "It is noticeable how relatively few England flags there are in London, especially the central areas, compared with most of the rest of the country".
Captain Harry Kane, who leads the goalscoring charts in Russian Federation with six strikes, failed to find the net for the first time but said confidence was high after England posted their best run at a major tournament since Euro '96. The record audience watched as Iceland left with a draw against Argentina, one of the favorites of the World Cup.