England have moved back to Baden-Baden, their supporters have scattered to different parts of Germany, and the clean-up operation is underway here in Cologne.
The Gothic Cathedral, the focal point of this city, is no longer disfigured by discarded scarves and litter.
England will move on to Stuttgart to face Ecuador in a second-round match on Sunday, a match they should win before facing Portugal or Holland.
This is already starting to feel like 1986, when England bored their way through the group stages, played a low-ranking South American team in the round of 16, then faced an Argentina team that was the best in the world.
There are also the injury problems. In 1986, it was Bryan Robson who missed the key matches in the tournament because of injury. In 2006, it is the turn of Michael Owen, who, alas, has injured a knee and will probably not play until 2007.
Sometimes, however, injuries to key players can have a positive effect on a team. There is no doubt that Robson was England's only world-class player in 1986 but his presence inhibited others because his shoulder problems were common knowledge.
Ditto, Michael Owen, who was struggling with a foot injury going into the tournament and has now damaged ligaments in a knee.
Just as Brazil seem to benefit when Ronaldo is substituted, so England seem to improve when Owen is not in the team. For sure, he is the most natural finisher in the England team, but he thrives on pace and confidence. He had neither in Germany.
Peter Crouch, infinitely less talented, is a better option because he is likely to unsettle defenders and leave space for Wayne Rooney, one of the top-ten most gifted players at these finals. Rooney does not yet look fully fit but time is on his side.
But Owen's injury highlights the miscalculations of Sven-Goran Eriksson, the England head coach, who brought to Germany just four strikers. Crouch is not a natural finisher, Owen was unlikely to finish the tournament, Theo Walcott is inexperienced and unlikely to play, and Wayne Rooney may yet suffer a recurrence of the foot injury that put his position in the squad under threat.
As has been the case for Liverpool over the past two years, England's best striker is really a midfield player - perhaps the best British midfield player of his generation.
Steven Gerrard has already scored twice in this World Cup and, even though he has looked tired and only emerged as a substitute against Sweden, he looks the England player who is capable of scoring consistently.
Gerrard is, in some ways, just like Bryan Robson. He arrives into the penalty area late, is difficult to mark, and can shoot accurately from distance. If Eriksson refused to use Walcott, and Crouch continues to look one-dimensional, expect England to play a 4-4-1-1 formation, with Gerrard just behind Rooney.
It is possible to win a World Cup without an abundance of class strikers. France did so in 1998. Most of their goals came from midfield, where Zinadine Zidane was at his peak. Gerrard is a similar player but with more urgency.
Still, even if we feared a lack of goals, we could always relax in the knowledge that England have the best centre backs in the world. Not so. England defended badly during the 2-2 draw against Sweden here on Monday night.
England might have conceded five and should have lost, sending them to Munich for a match against Germany instead of the easier match against Ecuador in Stuttgart.
Eriksson probably did not expect a match against Ecuador. He will know less about them than he will about Germany or Poland.
But Ecuador are no better than Paraguay, whom England defeated 1-0 at the start of the tournament without coming close to playing well.
Significantly, in the media guide book, there is one interesting fact. Ulises de la Cruz, the Aston Villa defender who clearly does not have a future at Villa Park, is listed as one of Ecuador's all-time great players.
With respect to de la Cruz, who is a nice man, if he is one of their best players, Ecuador should have nothing to give Eriksson sleepless nights. Then again, these are just the type of matches to bring out the worst in England.