"They should have turned up, it's the semi-final of a World Cup". Players of those squad have been the beneficiary of the changes made in the English junior and academy football in recent years. It is the first time in our lifetime that we have seen a semi final.
Pop star Cheryl, who earlier tweeted to say she was running late and had missed the first goal, congratulated the team on what they had achieved.
"I'm sure we lacked in some areas, there are things we could've done better", Kane said.
Vrsaljko, who plays for Atletico Madrid, had struggled to be ready for the match after playing in two previous extra-time matches, but he found the strength to lift his exhausted, battered team to a comeback win.
"We don't really have much time to rest, after two 120 minutes battles, we are physically and emotionally exhausted", Vrsaljko told HNTV.
The moment was indicative of the warm welcome England have received in Russian Federation at their training base near St. Petersburg as well as in the four host cities they've played in so far.
"We take it on the chin, we move on".
Parv Moondi, 49, form Norwich, was also among those trudging out of the Luzhniki and back to central Moscow.
"I don't want them to lose, I don't want it to be a draw".
"I've been to lots of failures and I thought this was the time".
His friend Joe Carter, 43, from York, added: "We really thought it was going to be different - this was our chance".
Their next game, the last of this year's World Cup, will undoubtedly be the biggest sporting moment in the history of Croatia since becoming an independent nation in 1991.
England was last at this stage in 1990, when they lost to West Germany on penalties in that famous game when midfielder Paul Gascoigne was left in tears after being booked.
Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic says he will play through the pain against England after he needed treatment on a muscle problem against Russian Federation before becoming Croatia's spot-kick hero for the second round running.