Also at Italia 90 was Halesowen-born Glen Kirton, who sat alongside Sir Bobby Robson pitchside at the semi-final against West Germany.
"We have a privilege to get to the final", he said, before saying he was "here to write a new page in history".
The great thing about football is its unpredictability.
Even Dries Mertens' second-half introduction couldn't do the job and while there were a flurry of yellow cards as the match drew to a close, arguably Les Bleus had the better chances at the death and very almost could have doubled their lead.
Fans have been dancing in the town's streets and chanting It's Coming Home following England's wins earlier in the tournament. "And if it's France I think they'll win it". Harry Kane takes the field with England in their final group stage match Thursday. In their victory over Sweden, they showed a lot of stability and awareness.
They return to Moscow for the game against Croatia, having played in the Russian capital in the last 16 against Colombia, albeit at the smaller Spartak Stadium. He has been integral to their success.
Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said: "England's performances under the astute management and leadership of Gareth Southgate in this World Cup have been absolutely sensational and instilled enormous excitement and pride in people of all ages across the country and of course here in Leeds". They are a strong squad but not an unbeatable team for England.
"Two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago", he said in reference to his team's 1-0 defeat to Portugal in Paris in the Euro final.
That evenness is why France is the team to beat in the mind of Jeffrey Marcus, publisher of the World Cup newsletter "The Banter".
Most of this team have been together for a decade, with key players such as Modric, Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic all making their debuts within a couple of years of each other in 2006 and 2007.
Both custodians deserved the Man of the Match awards, for after a frenetic first-half, the score was still 0-0.
But De Bruyne's best moments came when he combined with Eden Hazard on the opposite side of the pitch to the one he was stationed on, and Belgium missed his ability to pick a pass, with striker Romelu Lukaku mostly deprived of service.
Aside from Pickford, I have been really impressed with Russia's Aleksandr Golovin and Croatia's Ante Rebic.