In his first senior head coaching role since 2009, Gareth Southgate has won the hearts of a nation and returned them to the final four of football's showpiece event for the first time since 1990. Martinez, a Spaniard, is two wins away from guiding Belgium to its first title.
Leading SA bookmakers BET.co.za have installed France as 2/1 for the overall title, followed by England (5/2), Belgium (13/5) and Croatia (4/1). Croatia have to be a like a boxer, coming out swinging, they have to hit the front.
England are through to the World Cup semi-finals - incredible.
Croatia players were less vocal on social media after narrowly progressing to their first semi-final appearance since 1994, but it can not be denied that the players are not motivated for Wednesday evening.
England's remarkable set-play success is the fruit of extra preparation on the training ground with attacking coach Allan Russell, who has travelled with Southgate to the United States to study strategies from the National Basketball Association and NFL.
There may be an air of euphoria back home but England midfielder Eric Dier is adamant that for all the progress, success has yet to be achieved for the Three Lions at the World Cup in Russian Federation. England will beat them.
'We do not want to stop, we will try to play our best game.
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We have played two matches of 120 minutes of football in six days, and of course this will leave a mark on you but. we have shown our character".
"They showed from the games I've seen so far that they play direct football and they are very fast". And we've completed a World Cup.
While France have their own plethora of attacking superstars, it will be defensive midfielder N'Golo Kante who holds the key to victory for Les Bleus.
Manager Gareth Southgate has described it as an "incredible feeling".
"You obviously have got your family at home and the kids that you need to keep in touch with, keep checking in or the missus might go mad".
Their opponents have had two energy-sapping 120-minute games, after needing penalties to overcome Denmark in the last-16 and then Russian Federation in their quarter-final in Sochi on Saturday night.
Sir Alf Ramsey led England to World Cup glory in 1966 (PA Archive). I think everyone is so close in there.
Southgate added: "I only played for three clubs, I have a real affinity with all three, but England has been the biggest part of my life really".