With the game's score tied as of this story's publish, chances are high there will only be more beer spilled as English - and Croatian - fans continue to root avidly for their country's success on the World Cup stage.
Predicting a "difficult and intriguing match for both teams", the Liverpool centre-back dismissed the notion that Croatia are at a disadvantage because they have had to play 120 minutes twice in a week. Denis Cheryshev's brilliant strike for Russian Federation was cancelled out by Andrej Kramaric during the 90 minutes, before a dramatic late Mario Fernandes header saw Russian Federation level at 2-2 during extra-time after Domagoj Vida had nodded Croatia in front.
If England is to advance, it will have to get through Croatia, which has its own history of World Cup futility.
He also said there was no need for him to give his team-mates any tips on England's players, as they were all well aware of who they are up against.
But England has not been in the final since 1966, when it won its only World Cup title.
"England we're proud of you, that's all I've got to say".
"We are deservedly in the final", he said.
He said: "I think Croatia have a better side".
"Two years ago, I remember what happened two years ago", Deschamps said, via Reuters.
Around 7,000 England fans had managed to get hold of tickets through official channels, with 2,180 doing so via the England Supporters Travel Club tickets and the rest in Federation Internationale de Football Association sales. "We will see after this practice session", he said.
England were the favourites heading in to the semifinal, but it wasn't to be, and those watching at home were left distraught, some in tears.
The coach of the 1998 side, Jaroslav Ciro Blazevic, said for a long time he did not want any other team to match his players' achievements.
"We're estimating eight to 10,000 - it's really hard to tell because when people take direct routes it's obviously easy to count them but people might come by diverse routes, there are quite a lot of expats here and other fans staying out". "Everyone was nervous, but when they got a second goal, everyone took so much confidence, everyone was up in the air, the club was full, there was a great atmostphere". They have some top-quality players, which showed in the second half.