ENGLAND's victory against Colombia in a dramatic penalty shoot-out prompted Tory MP Rachel Maclean to ask the Prime Minister whether the Three Lions' latest win means "football's coming home."
"Shoot-outs are tough. We had talked long and hard about owning the process of a shoot-out. They kept calm. The players have taken it all on board, it's a special moment for us.
"We looked at technique, how we needed to be as a team, the goalkeeper's role. A special moment but now I'm thinking about Sweden.”
Millions of Britons were glued to televisions to watch the intense World Cup match that saw England battling - and defeating - Colombia in Russia.
Amazing pictures showed usually busy areas such as Mall in Westminster and Parliament Square, always swamped with locals and tourists, emptied before 7 pm, when people gathered in pubs or homes to cheer for the Three Lions.
Even the ever-busy Liverpool Street, one of the most important Tube and railway stations in London, was left without a living soul ahead of the game.