"Hopefully they'll just get their heads down, work hard and get the win for us".
"I don't think the players are as good as they have been in the past, but it nearly doesn't matter", he added.
"Our country has been through some hard moments recently in terms of its unity and I think sport has the power to do that and football in particular has the power to do that".
Harry Kane was not even born when England last reached the World Cup semifinals 28 years ago, but the Tottenham striker - who has met 1966 final hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst - fully appreciates the weight of history he and his teammates are making in Russian Federation.
Southgate and his players trained at their base in Repino on Tuesday morning before heading for Moscow and the Luzhniki Stadium where their fate will be decided on Wednesday evening. We're pleased with the intelligence and style of our play. Anyway, we won and the staff made this big thing about my lucky socks, saying I had to wear them next game.
"No-one wants to go home". We still needed the win but I thought, "No, it's ridiculous".
He said: "Whenever you are involved in a tournament like this, you do think about the people who have helped you along the way, and every coach I worked with, teacher, players that I've played with.
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