"All the celebrations and the songs they are singing back home, it inspires us as players to be able to bring the nation together and put smiles on people's faces".
Southgate is however, well aware of the midfield Croatia possess.
Solihull England fan Sheila Grandfield is getting ready for Waistcoat Wednesday after watching the team's historic quarter final victory against Sweden yesterday at her local pub The Wharf Tavern. I think, to be fair, the public have done that.
In spite of his profligacy in front of the opposition goal, Southgate maintained that Raheem Sterling is an essential ingredient to the side as with his "speed he stretches the opposition". Southgate, who didn't play against Brazil, took a swipe at Eriksson after the 2-1 loss, comparing the cool-speaking Swede to a Tory opposition leader widely regarded as tiresome. We have had the chance to make a difference.
England looked drained of all inspiration and confidence and their manager Roy Hodgson quit on the spot.
Three Lions has become the anthem of England's World Cup campaign but Southgate said that such was the pain of his penalty shoot-out miss at Euro 96, when the song was first released, that he could not bear to listen to it again.
"This generation has been underrated due to their results but they've had the quality and now they are showing it".
"The welcome of the Russian people has been top", Southgate said.
"It's been a fantastic World Cup, of course it's always better for us because we've won some games. We're not working much now so you can imagine what it will be like if we win".
I wouldn't question the mentality of the players in the last ten or 15 years, I have played with a lot of them.
"I have been in sport in different areas for long enough to know what my life is day to day".
"In 1996, we had every game at Wembley and that was an advantage for us".
"Hopefully they'll just get their heads down, work hard and get the win for us".