Forward Jermain Defoe said that he was nothing but nerves the night before he scored the goal that sent England through to the Round of 16.
"EASY" declared one English tabloid when the Group C draw was made but it proved anything but for either England or USA, the latter advancing in dramatic last-gasp fashion.
Slovenia manager Matjaz Kek was both proud and devastated after his team were knocked out of the FIFA World Cup in the cruellest of manners.
Landon Donovan and coach Bob Bradley talked about the midfielder's growth and the dramatic victory over Algeria that sent the USA through to the last 16.
Having fallen at the first hurdle of South Africa 2010, Les Fennecs can at least console themselves with the discovery of a fine young custodian.
Frank Lampard praised the England fans after the 1-0 victory over Slovenia that sent the Three Lions through to the Round of 16.