"They're already heroes, its just about whether they turn into legends", said 32-year-old Dan Woodbury as he waited for the 1800 GMT kick-off in The George pub at London Bridge.
After watching England beat Colombia and Sweden in the knock-out rounds, the nation has been swept up in a newfound football mania. It was not to be in 1990 as the Three Lions fell to a shootout defeat to West Germany. "There's a lot of enthusiasm".
"I would just walk out of the room".
"I have all the respect for Kane, he's shown he is one of the best strikers in the Premier League, he gets goals, he's one of the greatest threats but he is not alone".
Paul Sealey, who is visiting the area, said: "The team will do all in their power to win". Whatever happens tonight against Croatia, the future is bright for England, and that's something to be extremely excited about.
Lovren, though, does not think fatigue will prove a problem against England. "Not even in my wildest dreams, and I am a big dreamer, would I have imagined this", he said.
And one venue looking to make the most of England's big match action on Wednesday night is Epic Studios in Norwich which will be showing the national team's fortunes play out on three big screens.
Customer Dean Lovett, who was checking in, said: "It's going to be really tight when I get there".
However, despite his praise for Croatia, Gerrard believes England are a "dangerous" side, and is confident they will set up a World Cup final against France.
The 2018 side are guaranteed to join that pantheon whatever the result of Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia in Moscow, though, and Southgate said there were some similarities.
"As an England fan you want to see good football and the team being ruthless in both boxes and they certainly have been that". In their games, you see players trying their best to justify they deserve their places in the team, and no one gets a pat on their back because of name and recognition.