England won the Cricket World Cup for the first time after New Zealand matched their 15 in a Super Over but lost on fewer boundaries scored in the match after an extraordinary final at Lord's was tied.
England, captained by Irishman Eoin Morgan, were all out for 241 on the last ball of the 50th over, chasing New Zealand's 241 for eight.
England scored 14 in the last over but Mark Wood was run out seeking the second run that would have won it for the hosts.
Ben Stokes, who finished on 84 not out, came back for the Super Over with Jos Buttler amid scenes never before seen at the home of cricket.
New Zealand needed two off the last ball of Jofra Archer's over but Martin Guptill was run out coming back for the second run and England triumphed due to hitting more boundaries on the day.
England, three-times runners-up previously, had bowled and fielded superbly to restrict 2015 runners-up New Zealand to 241-8, with Liam Plunkett and Chris Woakes each taking three wickets.
Henry Nicholls made 55 and Tom Latham 47 without ever really looking comfortable but the score began to look challenging as England slumped to 86-4 before Stokes and Buttler put on 110 to set up the amazing finale.
Eoin Morgan labelled Stokes as "almost superhuman"
"To come through is extraordinary," the England captain said. "It's almost superhuman. He's really carried the team and our batting line-up.
Morgan came to the press conference with the World Cup trophy after leading them to their first global 50-over title, ending 44 years of disappointment in this tournament.
The Dubliner said: "This means absolutely everything. It's been an absolutely incredible journey. I still can't quite believe it, that's why I'm carrying it around as much as I can."
The captain recognised there were moments that went in England's favour, most notably in the final over when a diving Stokes unintentionally made contact with the ball as he stretched to make his ground, leading to four overthrows.
Asked if he had brought the luck of the Irish with him, Morgan added: "It was the most incredible game of cricket, with nothing between the sides. It was the finest of margins, and it could have gone either way.
"I spoke to Adil (Rashid) and he said that Allah was with us. So Allah was with us as well.
"I commend the Black Caps and Kane (Williamson, New Zealand captain), they've been absolutely incredible. Admirable spirit, the fight they've shown."
Morgan joins Bobby Moore and Martin Johnson in leading England to glory on the world stage but when asked whether he expects his life to be altered by this triumph, he said: "I lead quite a quiet one.
"I'd love it to change for everyone who wants it to change. But I enjoy my life!"
As for whether he will continue as captain, the 32-year-old responded: "We'll let the dust settle. We'll celebrate as hard as we can and then reflect."