But when England face Croatia in Russian Federation on Wednesday, there may only be a few thousand England supporters present.
And eight years previously, when Germany beat England 4-1 in South Africa, depriving them of reaching the final eight, the general consensus in the media appeared to be that England were outplayed.
Rashford, who came on soon after Croatia equalised, has paid tribute to Southgate for leading England on a World Cup campaign which made the country fall in love with its national team again.
"But I think we've built a house here now on good..."
Her spokeswoman said: "We would certainly like to host a reception for the England football team, who did so well in Russian Federation, and that is something that we are going to talk to the FA about".
England, meanwhile, "blew our chances", said 17-year-old Josh Ogunde after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near Trafalgar Square in central London as the disappointed crowds streamed home. It's enjoyable, we all love to play the game and fans love to support it. Southgate has irrevocably changed the shape and feel of the English game forever, and that is just as valuable as any trophy.
In capital Zagreb, more than 10,000 people gathered in the central square to watch the match despite rain.
Croatian Cultural Society spokesman Goran Katich watched the game with fellow supporters at the Croatian club in west Auckland and said they were ecstatic when the final whistle went. "Everybody has come. It's the best feeling in a long time".
F1 driver Hamilton wrote on Twitter that the team had done England proud, showing "real grit and determination".
"Then they play a team in Sweden who were in awe of England".
However, fans said the side had "finished further than anyone dreamed".