The supporters were in dreamland when Kieran Trippier curled a David Beckham-esque free kick into the top corner in the fifth minute.
And looking at those eyes, who could blame him. We're going to celebrate, to rest and then we will prepare for France. "We have to keep playing well for our club and hopefully the manager picks us for the national team".
Customer Dean Lovett, who was checking in, said: "It's going to be really tight when I get there". My players push me, they are mentally stronger than me. "We have made such strides with our supporters and our public that we want to continue to do that".
That the nation will be backing them to gain revenge for the World Cup semi-final loss to France in 1998 is without question, as is the fact that there will once again be an army of fans decked out in red and white checks at the Luzhniki Stadium.
"But from the second half onwards we played much better, and we showed our real standard", said Perisic. Did we feel we would be in this position? "I don't think realistically we expected to be here".
"The dressing room is a very hard place at the moment. Many of these players have come of age and I couldn't be prouder of them".
"We've proved to ourselves that is possible and we've proved to our country that is possible".
"I'd need to look back again at it. He's given absolutely everything for the team", Southgate said.
According to the official Federation Internationale de Football Association report about TV ratings for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the third-place fixture between Uruguay and Germany was the 14th-most-watched game out of the event (out of 64 total fixtures) in terms of global television viewers, at 245 million (which takes into account both viewers of the live telecast and viewers of replays or tape-delayed telecasts).
"Now is a time for us to be strong as a group and take the time to reflect on the performance a bit more over the next couple of days".
For the Dutch team, it was their first bronze medal in the World Cup after finishing as tournament runners-up in South Africa four years prior.
Not only was it his second of the match but it gave England the vital three points they needed to get off to a good start.