The Three Lions' travelling support has descended on Moscow, albeit in fewer numbers than their rival Colombia fans.
Inside the arena, the lowest number of England fans since the Tunisia game - officially numbering 2,225 - were drowned out by their rivals until after the game, when the players went over to take selfies and share the special moment with them.
Back in England the nation will come together in front of television screens in the hope and expectation that the national team can shrug off the weight of recent history and win a tournament knockout match.
Amid England's celebrations after winning Tuesday's penalty shootout to enable them to progress to the quarter-finals of the World Cup, manager Gareth Southgate was comforting a Colombian player who had missed his penalty.
England had faced penalty shootouts three times at a World Cup, in 1990, 1998 and 2006 but with the help of an excellent save by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford they finally found a way. England, well aware of their shootout history, tried desperately to find a victor without conceding too much space to Los Cafeteros. I've got that power and agility to get around the goal. "I thank God because he allowed me to score another important goal for my country, and I really thought that in the extra time we could win". Definitely. That's what we're here for. "It's coming home, it's coming home!"
"When there are so, so many fouls and interruptions, I think that's not good", Pekerman said.
A nervy extra-time then gave way to a fingernail biting penalty shoot out in which England went behind following Jordan Henderson's miss. "If I was a betting man I'd put your mortgage on it".
"It's a big night for England", Kane said. But even with the atmosphere similar to an away game, England started strongly.
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"I don't know what [Geiger] is used to, but he was very impressed by Cristiano [Ronaldo]", he said, per the Guardian.
"The lads", he said, "have a chance to write their own stories now".
"But we didn't let this affect us".
But Southgate has warned that Sweden, who qualified for the World Cup by defeating Italy in the playoffs, are too strong to be dismissed as no-hopers on Saturday.
He said: "We were a bit anxious, a bit apprehensive, 'what's it going to be like?'"
"It was a top-class save, I'm surprised he could reach it given his height", Southgate said with a wry smile.
Harry Kane, who has arguably been England's best player throughout the tournament, pleaded for calm.
They were denied an equaliser just before half-time when Lampard's effort clearly crossed the line - prompting Federation Internationale de Football Association to finally see the light on goal-line technology - but in truth Germany tore England apart and were worthy 4-1 winners.