They should have turned up, it's the semi-final of a World Cup.
Jubilant Croatian fans honked their auto horns and let off fireworks while England fans sobbed and looked to the future with confidence after Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor took Croatia to its first World Cup final.
Grant Davidson said they had "brought the country together" during the run to the semi-finals, the first time England had reached the last four since losing to West Germany in 1990.
On that occasion, the Uruguayans defeated a heavily-fancied Brazil team 2-1 at the Maracana in the final second-stage group game, which effectively served as the tournament's final.
Croatia made history by surpassing the 1998 team that lost in the semi- finals.
"I am in contact with Ciro, I want him to come (for the final), I want them all (France 98′ team) to come", Dalic told Nova TV, before adding.
Signs at Heathrow's Terminal 5 showed excited customers where to "ChecK-ane" (see what they did there?!) for the 8.45am flight, before they were offered free Marks and Spencer waistcoats so that they could channel their inner Gareth Southgate.
Croatia looked vulnerable from set-pieces against Russian Federation, conceding the equaliser in extra-time via a set-play, so this is an area England can exploit. For 70 minutes we battered them.
"We have to keep the same standard", Walker said.
"The difference was mental - because we knew we could write history and we did it".
"By the end several players were out on their feet and we were down to 10".
'I am so proud to work for this team and this manager'. Croatia has never won it all but will finally get their shot on Sunday.
"This was our best game", said Dalic, who managed Al Ain for three years until January last year. "We'll look at the goals and chances but I don't think we could have given more over these six or seven weeks".
"And this is exactly what they did - they enjoyed their football".