The Three Lions roared into the UK on Sunday afternoon, touching down at Birmingham Airport with captain and top scorer Harry Kane and the team back onto British soil.
But despite Gareth Southgate’s side becoming the first England team in 28 years to reach the last four of the World Cup, fans back in Blighty were denied the change to cheer the boys back to home turf.
Airport chiefs slapped a ban on well-wishers greeting the team at the airport, drawing a sharp response from supporters desperate to see their heroes, although some fans still gathered to cheer them.
Birmingham Airport tweeted: “Please be aware that there will be no public viewing area to see the England Football team arrive home so we strongly advise the public not to come to Birmingham Airport as you will not see the team. Thank you for your cooperation.”
The airport had begged fans not to arrange a homecoming, saying the FA had asked them not to over security restrictions.
But Theresa May wants to host a Downing Street reception for the team, who have been praised for reconnecting with supporters.
A No.10 spokesman said: “We would certainly like to host a reception for the England football team, who did so well in Russia.”
England finished fourth after losing 2-0 to Belgium in Saturday’s third-place play-off.
The England squad tweeted its thanks to supporters once they had landed, and looked ahead to games scheduled for later this year.
The team tweeted: “Thank you for your amazing support during the World Cup.
“We’re looking forward to showing our appreciation when we see you at Wembley Stadium and @LCFC in September.”
The squad lined up for photos outside their jet before Gareth Southgate’s players headed into Birimingham Airport.
Baggage handlers could be seen removing the team’s kit and luggage from the hold, as the team filed off the plane.
Manchester City star Raheem Sterling was one of the first to clamber off the plane, looking relaxed in shorts and a t-shirt before enjoying a spot of kick-ups.
Other players soon emerged, with most wearing grey tracksuits on the flight back from Russia.
Manager Gareth Southgate was due to talk to reporters after arriving at the airport.
England’s team won the hearts of the nation with millions tuning in to to watch knock-out wins over Colombia and Sweden and their three group qualifiers.
Diehard fans gathered at Birmingham Airport despite requests to stay away, with many waving flags.
Some strained to catch of a glimpse of the team through an airport security fence close to the runway ferrying the team’s plane.
The lack of facilties for fans to welcome the team did not deter some supporters from skipping Sunday’s World Cup final between France and Croatia to cheer England home.