Fulham's representation at the World Cup will continue today as Bryan Ruiz looks to guide Costa Rica into the last-four of the world's greatest competition.
Ruiz's side face the Netherlands in the quarter-finals and the attacking midfielder, whose Fulham future is still uncertain, says he is ready for the epic encounter.
“Maybe in a few months this will all sink in but for right now we’re just trying to enjoy what we’re living," the 28-year-old told Fifa.com.
“It’s nice to play against a team like Holland but it’s difficult too. I have so many friends in the Netherlands.
"The place was my home for years and I care about its people. But for us it is a dream to play in the quarter-finals.
“I know Memphis Depay very well because we played together with PSV this season. We have a very good understanding when we play together with our club and he’s a nice guy. I’ll say hello in the tunnel, for sure, but after that it’s all business.”
Elsewhere, reports in Bulgaria suggest the west London club have completed the signing of Stefan Volkov. The 17-year-old centre-back is allegedly a Manchester United target.
In other Fulham news, the Cottagers face East Fife in their opening pre-season friendly at 3pm today.
After a significant number of reports linking Queens Park Rangers with moves for defenders in recent days, Harry Redknapp's side have now been tipped to bid for a number of strikers.
The 31-year-old is a free agent after being released by Shakhtar Donetsk.
The 24-year-old has scored 24 goals in 59 league appearances for the Dutch club.