A proud Leeds United fan who had "England 2018 World Cup Winners" tattooed on his stomach insisted he had no regrets and will not have it removed.
Carpet fitter Jamie Richardson, 32, from Allerton Bywater was certain the Three Lions would win the biggest prize in football after having "a premonition" at half time of the 6-1 win over Panama.
But Gareth Southgate's side fell at the semi-final stage, losing 2-1 to Croatia on Wednesday evening.
Jamie said: "I have absolutely no regrets at all.
"It's better to have believed and to have lost than not to have believed at all.
"I'm extremely proud to be an Englishman."
The Whites super-fan said well-wishers were buying him drinks for getting the bold inking and added: "I will never, ever get rid of this tattoo, no matter what."
He insisted, like the Three Lions anthem, that football had indeed come home, despite the defeat, because of the patriotic feeling the young squad had created back home.
And he urged the players to go on and win the third place play-off against Belgium on Saturday.
Mr Richardson added: "Every one of them lads are winners, I would love to shake them by the hand when they come home."
The artwork cost Jamie £50 and was completed by Dale Longbottom in Castleford's Lotus studio just after England's success over Panama on Monday, June 25.