As the nation celebrated on Tuesday night, one Sunderland was busy coming up with a strange claim.
England had played really well against Colombia, one goal up through a Harry Kane penalty on 57 minutes.
In truth, England should have had the game already won by that point, such was their superiority.
However, just like so many times when we have watched Newcastle in the past, as the game went on the Three Lions retreated and tried to see the game out.
The almost inevitable happened, Mina equalising in the third minute of added on time.
The 30 minutes extra time was a bit of a non-event, Colombia the better team without really creating much.
So we came to penalties…
Colombia scored and then Harry Kane scored England’s first, Colombia successful again and Marcus Rashford the same for England, Colombia put their third away and then Jordan Henderson’s turn.
Hearts sank as the Liverpool player saw his penalty well saved.
Leading to this claim from a Sunderland fan on Twitter, who has an account that basically just slags off Newcastle United and the fans.
“In a Newcastle bar tonight, Three Bulls, and the locals celebrated when Henderson missed his spotkick.
“I’ll be in Newcastle on Saturday watching again…hope to have a good day out without regional rivalry getting in the way again.
“I have my doubts though.”
As it happens…I was in the Three Bulls watching the game (unlike our Mackem friend?) and this categorically didn’t happen.
By his reasoning, surely we would have all been cheering as well when Jordan Pickford didn’t save the first three penalties.
Even if they were still playing for Sunderland it wouldn’t have mattered but why on earth any Newcastle fan would supposedly having a problem with somebody like Henderson, who left Wearside seven years ago aged 21, after only 60 league matches, is beyond me.
Fair to say that most Newcastle fans are a lot more bothered about NUFC than England but there is no conflict when the national side is playing, it isn’t like they could relegate us, unlike Mike Ashley.
You have to be a pretty sad character, such as this Sunderland fan, who after England reach the World Cup quarter-finals, his first thought is to try and ‘prove’ how sad Newcastle fans are, supposedly preferring England to get beat rather than somebody who left the Mackems seven years ago being part of a winning team.