England players would be looking at a huge bonus if they manage to get past Senegal on Sunday night and go on to win the World Cup.
It has been 56 years since England won the World Cup, a fact that is still sung as '30 years of hurt' nearly three decades after David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds' song first came out.
Positivity about whether or not Gareth Southgate and his side can end that long period without a major trophy for the men's team fluctuates from game to game.
The win over Iran made England fans jump for joy but those same fans were calling for the end of Southgate when the team drew 0-0 with USA, and Phil Foden was left on the bench.
Foden and Marcus Rashford then earned the Three Lions a 3-0 win over neighbours Wales, with the two Manchester born stars scoring all the goals, to reignite the optimism.
The side next face Senegal in the last 16, which won't be easy against the African Cup of Nations winners from earlier this year, but the tough opposition won't stop fans believing.
And if the players can win the next four games then, according to reports, they will bag themselves between £400,000 and £450,000 in bonuses.
The players don't actually keep their appearance fee, with international stars for the Three Lions donating their earnings to charity for a number of years.
Former England goalkeeper Ben Foster, who recently turned down a big money move, explained on his own YouTube channel that the players donate their money.
"The way England works is you get a match fee for playing the game. It’s nothing major. It’s maybe - I say nothing major - in broader football terms it’s nothing major. You might be talking two grand a game or something.
"But every single players' match fee has always been signed off to charity."
To put in context the differences in the sport, England Women stars earned £55,000 each for winning the Euros at home last summer.
Manager Sarina Wiegman was also given a bonus of £200,000 for taking the team to victory over Germany in the final at Wembley.
The US men's and women's team now pool their prize money, following an agreement with US Soccer, that was reached earlier this year.
Gregg Berhalter's team earned their football association £11 million in prize money for finishing second in Group B, behind England.
That won them a spot in the knockout stages, where they were defeated on Saturday afternoon by Netherland's brand of total football.
The money won from the tournament in Qatar equals more than the USWNT have earned from winning the previous two Women's World Cups.
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