The spotlight has been on 19-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe in Russian Federation, whose electric pace and skill lit up the tournament. He plays for a great team. To try to finish third in the World Cup doesn't happen often.
England's run to the World Cup semi-finals has prompted widespread praise but amid the euphoria midfielder Dele Alli can still be self-critical.
Rose, 28, has seen limited game time in Russian Federation, with Ashley Young being preferred in the left wingback role. In the match, France relied on their excellent set of defenders, as Samuel Umtiti and company managed to hold the high-flying offense of Belgium scoreless.
Alli scored his first World Cup goal as England cruised into the last four with a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday. We are so focused on the games that you forget what we have done so far.
He said: "It must have been tempting for the teams to have chosen to stay home and watch England but I am over the moon that players, coaches and parents chose to put grassroots football first".
I'd kicked around the red, white and green mini footballs you got free with Coca-Cola and I'd played the terrible Italia 1990 football game on my Amiga.
Andy White, the head of PE at the Radcliffe School, used to teach Alli and says he always knew he was a special talent.
Kwese's Daniel Amokachi breaks down the roles France's big stars played in propelling Les Bleus past Belgium and into the World Cup final. "We worked hard defensively", he said.
France's players danced on the field after the final whistle and their fans sang in the stands long past the end of the match, surrounded by yellow-clad security.
"So we were at home and I went to get changed and I thought, 'Hmm, shall I wear those socks?' We still needed the win, but I thought, 'No, it's ridiculous'". As President Emmanuel Macron sprang in the air to celebrate his nation's victory, the Belgian royals King Philippe and Queen Mathilde appeared glum in their seats beside him (pictured, centre).