England had also won on penalties against Colombia in the second round. The couple spent much of the day with Ireland's officials, including President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Coyne, but they made time to meet with some of Ireland's rugby legends as well as dozens of young Gaelic footballers at Croke Park in Dublin.
Stars of the music industry were full of praise for Gareth Southgate and his youthful team's performance over the tournament.
They had won just one knockout match at a major tournament in 16 years before coming to Russian Federation, a 1-0 victory against Ecuador at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Southgate has been just the voice of reason England have needed to prevent anyone from getting too carried away.
- Before its independence Croatia was part Yugoslavia, who had reached the World Cup semi-finals twice.
Their one defeat came against Belgium in their final group game, in a match between two essentially reserve sides.
Real Madrid playmaker Modric, who was at Tottenham Hotspur earlier in his career at the same time a young Kane was starting out, has been a particular inspiration.
Then they were beaten on penalties by West Germany.
The Three Lions' failure to reach their first World Cup final in 52 years was greeted with desolation in the stadium in Moscow.
Harry Kane has scored on six of the seven days of the week for England, with Wednesday the only day he hasn't scored on.
"There is still a lot to play".
Pubs across Glasgow are packed with football fans watching as England move one step closer to emulating their previous success in 1966.
"Let me tell you, whether we win or lose the game, my life will not change", he said. Now the Croatia center-back is eager to make amends. But there is less pressure on them now.
It was a different game from then on, with Croatia suddenly playing with accuracy and goal as England lost their shape and composure, though Kane missed a chance to win it in stoppage time when he headed wide from a free kick.
"We are deservedly in the final", Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said.
For Croatia full-back Sime Vrsaljko looks set to miss out through injury.
But Southgate thinks talk of that handing a physical advantage to England is being overplayed.
Crawford was capped twice by the Three Lions in the early sixties and played on the same pitch as all of the triumphant England team of that era at some stage or another during a near fifteen-year career in the game. The Juventus forward is a big-game player and he showed that this evening, not just scoring the victor, but setting the tone for what was a remarkable comeback from Croatia. "And they're just thinking, "we'll get behind these lads".