Context is everything in football. Two years ago Norwich City had been top of the table and clearly among the promotion pace-setters under Alex Neil - but all was not well, a feeling of unease undermined a very positive start to the season.
In the 13-week period that Norwich City's fortunes did not pre-occupy supporters' minds this summer, those of us who followed every kick of England's exploits in Russia were reminded how special this game can be when hope far outweighs expectation.
Gareth Southgate and his team have given us plenty to smile about, but what have they been missing out on? Chris Lakey tries to capture the mood of the nation ahead of the World Cup semi-final against Croatia
Listen to the latest edition of the PinkUn Norwich City Podcast - World Cup Special - as we re-live the joy and relief of England's memorable shootout victory over Colombia and discuss the latest Canaries issues.
It's been a busy couple of weeks for our Norwich City photographer Paul Chesterton and his son, Dan, out at the World Cup but they're loving they're Russian adventures - even if it's not all been smooth sailing...
Adnan Januzaj's stunning goal secured a much-changed Belgium side a 1-0 win over England's second string on Thursday evening and meant Gareth Southgate's men will face Colombia in the last 16 of the World Cup.
Former Norwich City goalkeeper Robert Green has called on England boss Gareth Southgate to name his World Cup number one before departing for Russia, having been given just two hours notice that he would start the 2010 tournament.
Congratulations to Josh Murphy after he made his 100th appearance in that game - it's a lovely personal landmark for Josh who quite clearly is enjoying his football at the minute and is loving life at the club this season.