Southgate's rising profile has been a bonanza for lookalike airline pilot Neil Rowe, who even managed to temporarily fool BBC TV presenter and former England global Gary Lineker when he spied him in the crowd during the match against Sweden.
England have won the World Cup just once, when they hosted it in 1966, but the public and pundits are starting to dream.
Hurst said none of the three teams still in Russian Federation should frighten England.
"We had a terrific manager in Alf Ramsey, who had a great system and he selected a team that could be successful and had good characters".
"Gareth Southgate has re-energised English football, as anyone who's been to a Walkabout to watch a match will tell you!"
A BBC spokesman said: "We're aware that some people were experiencing technical issues and are looking into the cause".
England manager Gareth Southgate says winning the World Cup would make his players even bigger heroes than the 1966 generation because of the impact of social media and the globalisation of football.
"I think it's the best opportunity that England's ever had, and probably might ever have", he said, "because no disrespect to Croatia but the other side of the draw was a lot more hard".
England will leave here on Tuesday around midday and travel by chartered plane to Moscow bound for a semi-final at the Luzhniki Stadium against Croatia on Wednesday evening.
"Cancel your plans for Wednesday night - England have reached their first World Cup semi-final in almost 30 years", said the Sun on Sunday.
"They've been through a lot", Southgate added. They took photographs of themselves with the crowd and unfurled a banner saying "we play for you".
"My guys feel like conscript soldiers whose term of service was over just when they were preparing to go into battle".
But that's what more than a few England supporters did after their 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarter-finals. At 22, Alli became the second-youngest scorer for England at a World Cup behind Michael Owen.
But Southgate admits part of his job was to convince England's young players how big playing for their country can be.