Yesterday the streets of London were lined with 100s of thousands of fans as the victorious Olympic and Paralympic athletes were paraded down to Buckingham Palace, and through the night across the Atlantic in New York Andy Murray finally ended the 76-year wait for a men's tennis grand slam victory.
But as one season passes gradually into another there is one more grand sporting spectacle to enjoy as England take on Ukraine in tonight's World Cup qualifier at Wembley.
Hot on the heels of their storming 5-0 rout of Moldova last Friday, at least 70,000 fans will pack into Wembley to see England reconstruct their 1-0 win at Euro 2012. It is difficult to know which nation will be more excited at the prospect of facing the other twice in the space of three months following that epic encounter in Dontesk back in June.
At half-time, 15 Team GB medallists will be presented in front of the home crowd. The way players have been dropping out of Roy Hodgson's squad through illness and injury recently, a few of them might have been in the frame for a late call-up had things got much worse.
With Livermore already receiving his first senior cap in the friendly against Italy last month and Lallana being a) 24 years old and b) a Southampton player, it seems only natural that Sterling's call should be the most eye-catching.
Should he get an unlikely run-out this evening, the 17-year-old will be the fourth-youngest ever to play for England behind Theo Walcott, Wayne Rooney and James Prinsep, the latter being a player from a time before England had even played Ireland in an official match, let alone a nation on the other side of the English channel.
Sterling has only played 217 minutes of Premier League football since making his debut in the competition as a substitute back in March (n.b. Liverpool fans, that game was a 2-1 home defeat to Wigan, lest you forget), meaning he would surely be the most inexperienced senior player to represent England should he get some game time. In his Liverpool career he is yet to register a goal or an assist in official competition, but then again that has not been any hindrance to Stewart Downing's international career over the past year.
The Jamaican-born winger is already a familiar name to many football fans as Liverpool supporters have been talking him up for so long. He has certainly been a player earmarked by many as worthy of a fast-track to the top, and his exciting start to the season with starts against Manchester City and Arsenal have confirmed his potential.
Lallana, on the other hand, is 24 years old, and has never looked close to getting a senior call since making his one and only appearance for the Under-21s four years ago.
Even the man himself could not believe it. He told Southampton's official website: "I didn't think the gaffer was being serious when he called to tell me this morning. I was at home about to head into the training ground when he called - I must have asked if he was having me on a dozen times! I'm totally shocked to be honest."
Such a story is the perfect excuse to bring up the old one about Andy Goram thinking the cal from Alex Ferguson to go on a short-term loan spell to Manchester United was a wind-up from Ally McCoist.
As the former Scotland and Rangers keeper wrote in his autobiography: "Two minutes later, the phone rang again. 'Goalie, it's Alex Ferguson here. We've got Bayern Munich on Wednesday and Liverpool at the weekend. Barthez is injured and Raimond van der Gouw is struggling. I need you to come down on loan until the end of the season.'
"I said: 'Coisty, f*** off'. And put the phone down. Ally could do Sir Alex perfectly. I wasn't falling for that old one."
Lallana's call-up may be very much with necessity in mind, but those of Livermore and especially Sterling are signs that Hodgson is sticking to his brief of bringing young player into the international fold at a steady but noticeable rate.
With players like Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Butland already in the set-up, it looks as though England fans are finally getting a look at the new generation they yearned for after the turgid 2010 World Cup campaign.
It may be a measured revolution — after all, England's midfield against Moldova of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard was of a decade-old vintage — but it's a sign of a manager finally taking a long-view rather than simply meeting their minimum requirement.
Let's just hope it works.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We can confirm we have had a preliminary offer from a Middle East group and we are currently seeking clarification of funding before we can take it any further." - A Portsmouth takeover bid from the Middle East? Surely it's the answer to all their prayers.
FOREIGN VIEW: "I hope it is the good comeback. Last year was not easy, I worked hard during the off season to come back strong. I hope I will not be injured this year." - Abou Diaby hopes his incessant injury problems are behind him after scoring the winner for France in Friday's 1-0 win over Finland.
"He took a bad knock (against Finland) and won't train today. (Diaby will) will struggle to make it." - France coach Didier Deschamps on Monday ahead of tonight's game against Belarus.
COMING UP: Live coverage of all of this evening's World Cup qualifiers involving British teams - Serbia v Wales (19:30), Northern Ireland v Luxembourg (19:45), Scotland v Macedonia (20:00) and England v Ukraine (20:00).
Before that Paul Parker will be dropping in with his latest blog on the England team while James Horncastle will be filing his latest dispatch on Italian football.