And then you have a team that has no business being here for all the aforementioned reasons and yet through just sheer immensity and effort and resilience has got there.
BS: And firing coaches, lawsuits-I was reading an article today that said a lot of Croatia didn't even like Luka Modric because he was involved in the Dynamo Zagreb trial-and they fired their coach, as you've mentioned a couple times, right at the end of qualifying.
'The World Cup may not be ours but football has come home'.
He added: 'For the players, I couldn't be prouder of what they've given.
But that didn't stop passionate Three Lions fans staying in the stadium for two hours after the game - long after the Croatian fans had left - to honour their heroes.
And England were made to pay when Croatia, after dominating possession in the second half, equalised in the 68th minute through Ivan Perisic - the winger Jose Mourinho has tried to sign for Manchester United.
About a dozen England fans passing through Heathrow wore dark blue waistcoats over their T-shirts in tribute to Southgate who has taken to wearing a waistcoat on the touch-line along with suit pants and a dress shirt and tie.
Mario Mandzukic's goal gave Croatia the lead over England in the second period of extra-time.
As a group of ecstatic Croatian players and substitutes jumped over the hoardings at the side of the pitch, they knocked over the photographer, who became swamped by the celebrating team. And you know why? We worked so hard.
Croatia, in the end, were simply too good and too streetwise in the semifinal and their 2-1 victory was deserved, despite England's impressive start to the game.
"But I don't think when people look at the experience and the last 18 months that we were expected to be in the semi-finals of a World Cup".
"And they're just thinking, "we'll get behind these lads".
England must now rouse themselves for the finale of the third-placed play-off against Belgium in St Petersburg on Saturday.
"It's been an incredible run and I feel lucky to have been here for this match".
Three Lions, which is named for the team's crest, has been streamed and downloaded more than 2.5 millions times, so much that it's hit number one on the U.K.'s Big Top 40 chart this week. The fans were fantastic. As we reflect there will be a lot more positives but tonight it is hard to take.