And for one of them it was a birthday to remember.
Jack Southern, of Meltham, celebrated his eighth birthday on Friday by walking out with the England under-20s team while six-year-old Louie Swan, of Rastrick, joined Germany’s ranks – at least before kick-off.
The two boys – both Leeds United fans – won a mascot competition organised by Huddersfield Town, the Football Association and the Examiner.
Jack got to walk out with former Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook and mum Louise said: “It really made his birthday special.”
Louie went to the game with dad Mick, mum Lisa Burton and brother Finley, aged nine, and Mick said: “He was buzzing all evening. It was a great experience for him.”
England, managed by former Town player Aidy Boothroyd, won 3-1.