"To get through three extra times to get to the final tells you a lot about the team they have".
If you've been following the World Cup, particularly England's performance in it, perhaps you've heard the chant: "It's coming home, it's coming, football's coming home".
England had history in their hands and a first World Cup final since 1966 in their sights as the clock ticked past 10pm in Moscow - only to let it all slip away and so leave this historic city with familiar feelings of despair and disappointment.
"They haven't been there for 28 years".
"But when you get to this point and play as well as we did in the first half, you want to take those opportunities in life, so the dressing room is a very hard place at the moment". "I think it's going to be incredibly loud in any bar we end up going to for the match".
But Andy Bradley, 42, from Hull, felt the team had done the nation proud.
He said: "They were the better team, that's all that happened".
"We were like lions out there tonight and we will be the same in the final". We talk about that and much more on Wednesday's podcast.
"Until they scored in the second half we were always under the cosh".
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"We take it on the chin, we move on".
He said: "You see the supporters' reaction at the end - I can't ask any more from the players".
Parv Moondi, 49, form Norwich, was also among those trudging out of the Luzhniki and back to central Moscow.
"It's been an incredible run and I feel lucky to have been here for this match".
"I was in Nice to watch us lose to Iceland, I was in Kiev to lose against Italy".
"This was the dream, we could've made it, we could have done it".
He added; "I think it's going to be very tight, Croatia are not going to be a pushover, by any means". If I'm honest, I don't think there are many England players who would get into this Croatian team.
Gareth Southgate, his entire squad and support staff, looked in a daze as they stood just 20 yards from the banks of England supporters who had flooded into Russian Federation fuelled by hope and the desire to witness history.
France President Emmanuel Macron was on hand for the game in St Petersburg and came down to the dressing room to celebrate with the players and staff.