On Wednesday night the nation held it's breath, with England involved in their first World Cup semi-final since 1990. Gareth Southgate's men came into the tournament written off, underrated and with little expectations from the media or supporters, but now they're regarded by many as national heroes. Making the last four of the World Cup is a massive achievement and unfortunately that's where our exploits in Russia ended, following an agonising 2-1 defeat to Croatia after extra time.
It was another game of ifs, buts and maybes but ultimately England came up short against a technically gifted Croatian side and whilst the pain right now really hurts - and it will for some time - there's reasons to be positive for the future. This young Three Lions team has shown so much determination, togetherness and fight - something which we haven't seen on the international stage for so long - and in turn it's won over the hearts of the country.
This is a completely different side to the one that was humiliated by Iceland at Euro 2016 and the one that finished rock bottom of the group at the 2014 World Cup, this is a side full of character, personality and youthful exuberance, a side that's made us proud to support our nation and more importantly, brought everyone together. Football has united the nation and there's so many reasons to be positive about what the future could bring.
This very much feels like the end of an adventure right now but we genuinely believe that this is just the beginning, so read below to hear our thoughts on why we should all be feeling optimistic about the Three Lions.