But despite his desire to begin work on the next tournament, Southgate conceded he may never recover from the nature of his team's exit from this World Cup.
"We got to the semi-final".
Football was apparently heading home in 2018, but the Croatians had other ideas, beating England in their semi-final in an extra time thriller.
The game at Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg, starts at 5 p.m. local time, or 10 a.m. The two teams played in the final group stage match with reserves, with Belgium winning 1-0 and earning placement into the tougher side of the knockout bracket as a result. We are desperate to win and we will keep pushing to do that.
But while Euro 2022 carries major prestige, it is not the World Cup and Belgium will remain forever wandering what might have been had they taken their chances against France and not given away a soft goal. There's a lot of talk about relationship between our two countries, but. mixing with the people of Russian Federation. we've had a wonderful experience, and I think that all our supporters have had as well.
"But having said that, having reflected on it for 24 hours, I think you can be nothing but proud of the players and the coaching staff".
England flew back into Birmingham on Sunday having finished fourth in the World Cup in Russian Federation.
What to expect from Croatia and England’s World Cup semifinal
England have a clean bill of health for their World Cup semi-final against Croatia after all 23 players trained on Tuesday. The Karrinyup father of two, who moved here from England 20 years ago, has watched every single World Cup game since 1982.
'All I can do is tip my hat and congratulate them.
This summer's tournament will also prove invaluable to the players, just as it will for the manager.
"When you play for or manage England, expectations are always pretty high, but because we are better we should be better able to cope with it", he said.
"We will analyse all of this and we will make sure that the Croatians are not in good shape, and that we can block their best player and their best plan of attack".
The World Cup final is one which doesn't need much hype, as the excitement is ingrained into all of us. But, also, the feeling that playing for England could be enjoyable, that tournaments are there to be "attacked" and that there was nothing to fear.
The retailer had launched a promotion before the World Cup promising to pay out if Belgium scored more than 15 goals. God willing, we will bring the cup back to Croatia. "You're disappointed because you lose the semi-final, and its very hard to see the opportunity of playing another game as a positive", he said.