We had all got excited and dreamt that it would be us facing France in Sunday's final - but why shouldn't we dream? One of them would rather be born in Croatia.
The rest of us must also recognise how successful these players can be - those who became used to winning with the Under 21s and the age groups below that. "Something I been waiting for a long time", Francisco Rafael Beserra Sousa wrote. Many Serbs have expressed admiration, and sometimes even outright joy, at Croatia´s success.
It was fantastic to be a part of it, and seeing them all so happy has been one of the stand-out moments of my time in Russian Federation.
Callum Rusholme, 17, said just before the game began: "I remember my dad telling me when I was growing up about Italia 90 and the penalty shootout and how terrible it was". Since then I've been following all the matches in Croatia to this day!
"I am not sure if I will watch it to be honest", he said. The current standard-bearer of those teams seems to be Croatia.
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That nostalgic lament hides the fact that Croatia are doing just fine without Bosnian or Serb players - and Yugoslavia, after all, never reached a World Cup final.
With Trippier and Ashley Young under pressure, England's midfield began to be stretched with Jordan Henderson taking on an unmanageable workload and Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli more preoccupied with helping out the defenders than asking questions of Croatia's backline. "He is incredible! It will be the future of Croatia".
Coming into it, I did not really know what to expect in Russian Federation and like everyone else I was a bit anxious about what might happen. I follow all the players in all leagues. - Gareth SouthgateRobbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty ImagesTHANKING THE FANSFrom England Twitter: "To everyone who supported us. I made a comment on the Croatian selection page saying that the 4 million inhabitants in Croatia were similar to the 300 of Sparta".
In Moscow, Croatia fans said they were taken aback by their side's win.
The game: "You have to be proud of the second half and extra-time".
"But at this World Cup, the star-studded teams relying on the big names are already on the beach". I will really do it! The prospect of Kylian Mbappe running at a tired Croatian defence is a frightening one, and punters should not be totally surprised if France run away with this.