Goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli saw England earn a relatively comfortable quarter final victory against Sweden, albeit they were indebted to several impressive second half saves from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
"Being both British and Swedish, we were on the edge of our seats during the game and we would like to say 'grattis!' (that's congratulations in Swedish) to the England team for getting through to the semi-finals".
Meanwhile right back Kieran Trippier, who came to Russian Federation with barely a handful of caps, has established himself as a key player in the team: not just for his pace in defense, but for his countless forward runs and his crossing.
"This here today just shows you what fans we have got". But, look, we said we wanted to write our own history and, hopefully, we can go one step further and get to the final.
"We're buzzing. It's probably not sunk in", Kane said.
It is the first time England have reached that stage in this tournament since 1990, beyond memory for many younger fans.
"They don't concede a lot of chances so it was important we stuck to what we were doing, we kept moving the ball as quickly as we could and waited patiently for the opportunities". 'But, you know, we are progressing really well.
England fans sang "Football's coming home" at Wimbledon as news of the Three Lions' opening goal against Sweden filtered through - and then celebrated again at the final whistle. And he won over casual fans by displaying a caring side when Fabian Delph was allowed to fly home for the birth of his baby.
'That for me is quite symbolic and why I joined the England FA five years ago because I believed that was possible'.
England's semi-final will be against Russian Federation or Croatia on Wednesday from 7pm.
It was a similar story in the round-of-16 against Denmark and, on the back of those two gruelling encounters, they now have just four days to prepare for an England side that beat Sweden in 90 minutes.
But Modric said they would be ready to face Southgate's men.
'I don't think we would have seen the likes of (John) Stones and (Harry) Maguire playing in the way that they did in the past.