Rob was confident about England's chances in Samara today, insisting ex-Crawley schoolboy Gareth Southgate would lead his team to the semi-finals - and beyond.
But Southgate is already proud of the work ethic and unity shown by his squad after overhauling the squad with young players during his 22 month reign.
A little while later Janne Andersson collected his players and the coaching staff in front of the Swedish supporters, to have a talk.
No one is saying the Croats, with Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic running things from midfield, will be an easy team to play but it's not one of the usual world footballing powerhouses you'd expect to meet at this stage.
"It's quite odd for me to witness all the hype and the crowds and how excited they are because that's what it must have been (like) in Italia 90 when we got to the semis", he explained.
Replying on the IKEA UK's Twitter account, a spokesperson said: "We are aware of a small group of fans celebrating the match result in one of our stores".
"I've been disappointed by England for the entirety of my 23 years and now there's the possibility we might actually win it!"
The absolute banger of a tune, which has been sung spontaneously by many an England fan on the streets in the last couple of weeks, first hit the charts in 1996 when it was released for the Euros.
"This has been an incredible #WorldCup run and we've enjoyed every minute".
Gareth Southgate's side have found the net 11 times in Russian Federation to match the record set by the victorious 1996 side.
"I think France and Belgium have proven to be really good sides".
The more global tournaments these players played at, the worse it seemed to get.
Got over that nonsense years ago. It is the team's first appearance in a World Cup semi-final since 1990.
"His body language, the way he carried himself, exceptional mentality, real belief in being a top player".
"We were composed, we controlled the game".
Now they are a main threat and a useful weapon and with no small thanks to Allan Russell, who is the man in charge of their set pieces. "You deserve this moment - Football's Coming Home! W".