It seemed as though nothing could separate them from New Zealand, with the sides battling to an unprecedented tie, both sides locked on 241 after 100 overs of nerve-shredding tension that cast Ben Stokes as the home side's hero of the hour.
That paved the way for a super over, a six-ball shoot-out that had only occurred 11 times in international history and never before in an ODI.
Incredibly, the teams went blow-for-blow once again, Stokes and Jos Buttler hitting 15 off Trent Boult before Jofra Archer conceded 14 off his first five deliveries.
The Barbados-born bowler, the least experienced player on either side, held his nerve as Martin Guptill forced the ball into the off-side and came back for a second that would have taken the trophy.
Enter Jason Roy, who picked up cleanly despite unimaginable pressure and hurled a flat, decisive throw towards Buttler, who scattered the stumps as Guptill scrambled.
Chris Woakes: "I am lost for words. I can’t believe what has happened. I can't get my head around it. I thought it was gone needing 30 off 16. It has probably been the best day for cricket in this country.
"I feel like everything that has happened today is destiny."
Jonny Bairstow: “Massive commiserations to the New Zealand boys, a hell of a tournament all the way through.
“What a spectacle, what an atmosphere, to play at Lord's is one thing, to play a World Cup final is another. It's huge, it's difficult to put into words.
Jos Buttler: “Unbelievable, I thought I'd seen everything in cricket. I can't put it into words at the minute.
“We wanted to take it deep, we didn't feel like the run rate would be an issue, trying to get a partnership together.
“Trying to extend it and release pressure. I don't know what happened in the end.
Joe Root: “It's hard to some up, what a tournament. Everybody has done everything they've asked of them. To see the way the guys went about it at the end when the pressure was on, so proud and happy for Stokes.
"Wow! It's hard to sum it up, what a day, what a tournament. Everyone has done everything asked of them. We have performed under pressure, it was almost written in the stars for Ben Stokes.
"He's had such a tough time, I'm so proud of him and pleased for him and his family."
Liam Plunkett: “What a day, it's not sunk in yet, I'm over the moon.
“You are nervous when you go out to bat, swing the willow, we had batters coming in there later on, I just felt it was going to happen for us.”
Ben Stokes: “I'm lost for words. All the hard work over four years, champions of the world is an amazing feeling. Playing against New Zealand is always great. Seriously good team and good lads, you spend time with them, I said to Kane, 'I apologise'.
Jofra Archer: I'm pretty sure I was bowling but I had to check with Morgs. It's the biggest thing. From the beginning What a great bunch of fellas. They were a really good family to me.
Additional reporting by PA
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