The highly-anticipated clash between England and Germany is underway in Bloemfontein, with Fabio Capello naming an unchanged line-up for the first time in 28 games.
Matthew Upson held on to his spot at the heart of the defence alongside John Terry, whilst Jermain Defoe spearheads the attack with Wayne Rooney.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jerome Boateng both started for the Germans despite injury worries during the week. Joachim Low also included Miroslav Klose in the line-up having served his suspension.
Princes William and Harry were among those wishing the team well in Bloemfontein. Harry said: "As long as our guys do their best, the country will be hugely proud of them."
And William, the president of the Football Association, has also sent a good luck message to the team.
The players were given a huge boost by their 1-0 win against Slovenia in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
And last night skipper Steven Gerrard said the mood among the players was good, adding: "We will do whatever it takes to get across the line into the last eight."
Nervous fans fear a repeat of the 1990 World Cup and Euro 96 semi-finals when England lost to Germany on penalties.
But the team has been practicing every day and Gerrard said: "If we have to go to extra-time and penalties, we will be ready."
About 10 to 15,000 travelling fans will converge on the "City of Roses" for the most anticipated match of the World Cup so far.
Supporters have scrambled to swap tickets and arrange transport after the team finished a surprising second in the group.