However, they have exceeded all expectations comfortably dispatching Sweden in Saturday afternoons quarter final to reach their first World Cup semi since 1990 when the likes of Peter Shilton, Terry Butcher, Chris Waddle and Gary Lineker were all in their prime.
England's run to the World Cup semi-finals has seen them equal their best goal tally at the tournament.
But Southgate is already proud of the work ethic and unity shown by his squad after overhauling the squad with young players during his 22 month reign.
"We even had the opportunity after the break to draw level, but we failed to do so".
"I'm out here until Gareth goes home", says his friend Danny Morgan, 32.
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Maguire has been one of England's best players as they've gone through the Group Stage with wins over Panama and Tunisia before a loss to Belgium, they then beat Colombia on penalties before the Sweden game. 'But, you know, we are progressing really well. The play came to life so quickly and easily that it looked more like practice than something that could have been executed in a World Cup quarterfinal.
"We don't know who we play yet".
Gareth Southgate's side have found the net 11 times in Russian Federation to match the record set by the victorious 1996 side.
'And hopefully with what our junior teams have been doing at global level as well, it will be a sign to all clubs that, whether it's in England or overseas, that English players can play. English centre-backs bringing the ball out and playing with the composure from the back that they have.
"Being both British and Swedish, we were on the edge of our seats during the game and we would like to sat 'grattis!"
Former England star Ian Wright also got in on the act, posting a clip showing him whispering to the camera: "It's coming home!"