"Everyone was brilliant in the last game, that's what Gareth's done - he's got us working as a team".
A much tougher test is expected in Moscow on Wednesday against a Croatia side that swept past Argentina in the group stages and boasts the midfield talents of Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona.
We've given you five minutes to get all your wrong answers out and we should also point out that he did deploy someone in midfield that night who is more accustomed to a role as a striker.
"Football's coming home.I couldn't listen to it for 20 years, frankly", Southgate said.
"When I was managing at Middlesbrough, we had a game at Reading and I was under a bit of pressure". The hunger of players has been there for everyone to see.
"We're proud of the style, the intelligence", Southgate said.
"We have won a game in stoppage time. We are looking to break all barriers".More news: Russian Federation v Croatia quarter-final
The campaign, Wear a Waistcoat Wednesday, is inspired by England manager Gareth Southgate's fashion choice, which has led to an increase in sales in waistcoats across the country. "Our country has been though some hard moments in terms of unity and sport has the power to do that, and football in particular", he said. "For everyone out here following us and everyone back home it is special".
"This generation has been underrated for a long time because of their poor results, but they have shown their quality when it mattered at this World Cup, and it will go down as a golden generation like that of 1998".
The 12 boys on the "Wild Boars" team and their coach were trapped in a cave for more than two weeks, and were all successfully rescued on Tuesday.
"None of us are satisfied and none of us are particularly hyped up".
Daniel Ries, in his late 20s, was in no doubt of the match's importance: "It's the biggest game of our generation", he told Reuters. "So, they should - we've got trust in them doing that".
In the photo, the words have been changed to "Gareth Southgate Street", in tribute to England manager Gareth Southgate.
Above all, Southgate has a fundamental sense of decency that many in business or sport would have you believe is incompatible with success. It hasn't been the easiest job to survive and, perhaps, by the time Sam Allardyce was dismissed it was felt that Southgate could literally not fare any worse than those who had gone before him.