England really have defied the odds in Russia.
While they've had an easier run on paper, Gareth Southgate's young, talented side are in a World Cup semi-final after beating Sweden 2-0.
It's the first time in 28 years that England have done so as a nation and they've done it at a time where there was probably the least optimism.
Not much was expected of this young squad, but they've already put the Three Lions' Golden Generation to shame.
A lot of the plaudits have to go to Southgate, who raised a lot of eyebrows when he was first brought in as manager.
But now, he's the leader England have needed ever since Sir Bobby Robson.
He's perfect at leading this crop of players and the way he has dealt with the media has been absolutely brilliant.
And Southgate gave England fans yet another reason to adore him after the Sweden game, with footage picking up the manager's commitment to the fans.
It's the little things that count.
For the younger generation, it may seem weird to have such backing behind an England manager and team.
In past years, there have been egos and managers that have proved detrimental to the country's progression.
After the game, Southgate was asked who he'd liked to meet on Wednesday out of Croatia and Russia.
"Russia in Moscow would be an incredible game," he said.
Wouldn't be bad, would it?
"I hope everyone at home enjoys tonight because it's not often this happens," Southgate added. "It is an incredible feeling."
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