With all the jubilation and back-slapping out of the way, the focus has shifted to who will be on the plane to South Africa with England next summer.
Sky have decided to celebrate by wheeling out a completely unnecessary graphic depicting the likely squad members actually on the plane to SA.
With it we see how a beaming, 2-D David Beckham will elbow his way past Aaron Lennon to get the window seat, while Michael Carrick is poor little Billy-no-mates at the back.
They've even got the fringe players hanging around at the 'check-in desk', where Joe Hart might be straining to hear the tannoy for news of a late cancellation.
With two group matches and a host of friendlies to come it will be interesting to see if Fabio Capello prioritises an ego-boosting 10 wins out of 10 or casting a look over some of the other players with an outside chance of making the final squad.
Back in the present, seemingly everyone in the England camp has been queuing up to heap praise on Lennon.
The Spurs winger's performance was perhaps the big take-home for England from the Croatia win, as the nation finally got to see him deliver a decent cross or two.
With Shaun Wright-Philips battling against the dozen or so attacking midfielders Manchester City have at their disposal, and with Beckham messing around at the places like Pizza Hut Park when he's not flashing his pants to Ellen DeGeneres on her chat show, Lennon has a great chance to deliver on the promise he showed as far back as the last World Cup.
Joe Cole may be secretly delighted about Chelsea's transfer ban, as it gives him a better chance of playing himself back into contention following his lengthy lay-off.
Like any good international manager, Capello has been shrewd enough to leave the door open for England's fringe players even though he already has his 23-man list for South Africa in his head right now.
He even went as far as to name Owen Hargreaves as a player he is waiting to return to the fold, with the Manchester United midfielder due back at the end of the month following a summer of treatment in America.
Hargreaves is a manager's dream tournament squad player - fit, committed and so adaptable he could step in and referee a match if required.
- - -
While the James Milners and Joleon Lescotts of this world will have an agonising wait in the days and hours leading up to that final squad announcement, the England WAG squad will have already booked their tickets long beforehand.
Capello revealed that he will allow the players to see their other halves while they are out there, but only for one day after each game. It's rumoured that it will be one FA lackey's duty to hand out to day passes following the matches, and anyone who doesn't return their man by midnight will have their credit cards snipped.
Rio Ferdinand described the media attention around the squad spouses at the last World Cup as "a circus" - and their antics in Baden Baden were, according to some, partly to blame for England's early exit.
You see, women, this is what happens when you go out and have a good time, boosting the local economy with your riches - you ruin it for everyone. Leave it to the men to go out drinking and shopping will you?
- - -
MORE WORLD CUP REACTION THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A STICK AT
- - -
COMING UP: England's women are gearing up to put the men in the shade. Watch them take on Germany in the European Championship final LIVE at 17:00 this afternoon on British Eurosport (Sky 410 / Virgin Media 521); Also available on your PC via the Eurosport Player - click here to subscribe!