Nerves set in for England fans - and perhaps the team - as the Croatians levelled the score at 1-1 towards the end of the second half.
For British fans, it was a feeling perhaps captured best by actor and comedian Stephen Fry: "Sad. Proud. Annoyed. Relieved. Disappointed. Unsurprised. Impressed. Vexed. Gutted. Elated. Deflated. Despondent. Encouraged. Defeated. Defiant. Broken. Resilient. Inspired. Silly. All those things"
The British Prime Minister and members of the Royal Family were quick to congratulate the national team.
"Wasn't to be this time but it's been a great journey that's made the country proud," British PM Theresa May wrote on Twitter.
After Saturday’s win over Sweden, the streets had been filled with both those attending the LGBTQ pride festival and those who dared to believe “football's coming home.”
Regent Street was empty at 11pm and the few making their way home were silent.
James, 24, was one of them. He said he was “gutted” by the result but said England had played well against expectations.
“Maybe we didn’t do enough in extra time to deserve it,” he told Fairfax Media.
“But if you look back at our history, this has definitely been a massive achievement for our team.
“We had no expectations going into the tournament so [to get to] the semi-finals, this is pretty good.”
He said he would be backing Croatia to win the World Cup as they had beaten England, and he could never bring himself to support France.