When Belgium and England play their last 16 matches the lineups will bear little resemblance to those on Thursday.
England largely controlled a tetchy first half which grew increasingly bad tempered, with Colombia doing their best to provoke their opponents.
It was a euphoric way to go through and these are the moments, surely, when England's followers can be forgiven for daring to believe something special is building.
England advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Colombia on a dramatic evening in Moscow on Tuesday.
A surprise World Cup triumph could boost tourism in towns like Palomino, with global visits to Colombia soaring over the past decade. Win this and the Three Lions face a quarter final against Sweden, after that a semi final against Croatia or hosts Russian Federation loom.
The first five penalties were scored, before David Ospina saved one from Jordan Henderson to give Colombia the advantage.
But the Three Lions have not won a knockout round game since 2006 - and have won only two since the 1990 competition when England reached the semifinals.
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Not that Gareth Southgate's team were cowed.
"They have a lot of history and top players, but I am sure that we have the weapons", added the Espanyol player. Perhaps there was simply no time and, with everything was so fast and frenetic, it was just inevitable there would be moments of carelessness.
So even their most recent realistic tilt at a World Cup final was fraught with nail-biting moments as they played nerve-shredding negative football against modest footballing nations, and yet few seem to have learned the lesson of 28 years back. This is likely to come down to the form of the two attacks, which is where Harry Kane outshines Falcao.
As it has been all tournament, the Three Lions' best route to goal appeared to be a set piece, but despite getting numerous opportunities to deliver the ball into the box, they weren't able to punish the Colombia defense. In their last eight knockout games at World Cup, they have managed to win only two.
Alli, 22, missed England's subsequent group matches with a thigh injury following the victory over Tunisia but he is fit to start tonight's match as Ruben Loftus-Cheek makes way. After a video review, referee Mark Geiger awarded only a yellow card.