On Wednesday, La Liga said they had invited the boys and their coach to Spain to attend a Spanish top flight game in the future when they have fully recovered from the ordeal. "I don't have the words". Not even in my wildest dreams, and I am a big dreamer, would I have imagined this.
France President Emmanuel Macron was on hand for the game in St Petersburg and came down to the dressing room to celebrate with the players and staff. He kept changing players and experimented with different combinations and formations but, since the event started, he's been consistent in his application.
Lily and Ben both went to school in Croatia and Mr Colgan said: "We'll all be WhatsApping each other".
He added: "We were in Zagreb for the game against Russian Federation and I've never seen anything like it to be honest, it was incredible. Everyone is with us, we're all in this together".
Elsewhere, fans were also filmed singing the song on nearby Nikolskaya Street, which has become the de facto meeting point for fans during the World Cup; this time inflatable planes were replaced by arm salutes signaling aircrafts.
"It was exceptional", Deschamps said in a pitch-side interview.
"We need to understand it's an important game, but I accept it's very hard after a game with the emotions we had today". We've been playing well, we're learning and we're all enjoying it. I feel very proud for my group. And the last time it played in the final four was 20 years ago, in 1998.
But now they have the chance to make up for 18 years of disappointment following their 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
Paul Sealey, who is visiting the area, said: "The team will do all in their power to win".
"A lot of pride", said the defender.
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