We've been waiting for this day for 28 years and 7 days. On the 4 July 1990, England crashed out of the World Cup, losing to West Germany on penalties in the semi-final.
Today, the boys with the three lions on their shirts will face Croatia in the first semi-final since. It's been a very, very, long a wait.
As the country gets behind the squad (if you haven't heard people singing "football's coming home" at least twice an hour, are you even in England?), schools, too, have embraced World Cup fever.
Some have opted for an England-kit inspired non-uniform day, others have staff and students alike honoring our new national treasure, (Sir) Gareth Southgate in waistcoats, and others are singing, chanting and cheering in assemblies and in the playground.
It was brilliant to hear my daughter’s school ‘St Lukes Primary’ sang #ThreeLions in assembly this week! This feeling that we’re all pulling together as a country to get behind @England is becoming so intoxicating...I think I need to sit down! #ItsCominHome #FootballsComingHome— Philip (@philstilgoe) July 11, 2018
Listening to my sisters school behind my house, they are all singing the national anthem and singing England chants🏴 something tells me today is the day🏴🏴🐝⚽️ #itsComingHomeRussia2018 #ENGCRO— James Hazell (@JamesHazell12) July 11, 2018
It’s #WaistcoatWednesday at little lad’s school today; their way of supporting Gareth Southgate & the England team for this evening’s match. My boy might not talk but he knows how to cheer on his team #ENGCRO #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/xlRSkkYg1v— Sarah (@BrockwayVoila) July 11, 2018
My Son’s Primary School are honouring #garethsouthgate by letting the children wear smart waistcoats today for #waistcoastwednesday ⚽️ My effort is more Oliver Twist but it’s the thought that counts. #ItsCominHome #itsComingHomeRussia2018 #itscominghome #ENGCRO @BBCEssex pic.twitter.com/AWFMz4AAPn— The Truzz Social (@thetruzzsocial) July 11, 2018
A special mention goes to the powers-that-be at this school, who obviously read our story, Should schools move events that clash with the World Cup?, and decided to spare a parent from a gut-wrenching decision.
props to my son's school for deciding to bring forward tomorrow's performance of The Wizard of Oz from 6.30pm to 5pm to make sure everyone gets back in time to watch football come home— Tom Easton (@TomEaston) July 10, 2018
My son is playing a flying monkey if you're interested. A role he was born to play.#ENGCRO
And how could we forget, the psychic school that predicted this from the very start...
A huge good luck to Gareth Southgate and the team tonight from everyone at Tes (including our very own Southgate, see below...) Come on, England!