Olivier Giroud, who is still without a goal in Russian Federation, revelled in his childhood dream of reaching a World Cup final and hopes to emulate 1998 hero Zinedine Zidane.
England as a nation are preparing for their biggest game in 28 years and the semi-final with Croatia is also easily the biggest game of their careers for a good chunk of the Gareth Southgate's squad.
"Football is lovely because we can make our supporters and all of the French people feel emotions", the captain said.
The win sent tens of thousands of French fans pouring onto the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris in scenes of joy last seen when France won the World Cup two decades ago.
"In honour of our England getting to the semi-final, we've chose to decorate one of our buses to show our support".
Defender Dejan Lovren dismissed suggestions that the team would be exhausted after extra time and two penalty shootouts in their last two match matches. England went to extra time and penalties in its first knockout stage match but not in its second and should be a bit more fresh.
France's Aujourd'hui en France newspaper prepared a full-page spread featuring the two popular comic characters and said it was more than a match. "We know what it takes and in such moments you forget any fatigue you may feel", said the 29-year-old Liverpool player.
They will now face Croatia or England in Sunday's showdown and are likely to be heavy favourites regardless going into that match.
If there's one thing the Frenchman has shown this World Cup, is that he's able to contribute to the defensive side of things when necessary. "We´ll repeat that this Sunday", said one supporter, Sebastien, as the crowd chanted: "We´re in the final!"