Southgate has emerged as a leader - he was already a legendary figure as a player, and now he is well on his way to becoming that as a manager. Players of those squad have been the beneficiary of the changes made in the English junior and academy football in recent years.
'In the second half we had to weather the storm a bit. In extra time Danny Rose came on for Ashley Young and Eric Dier swapped with Jordan Henderson.
Modric, along with Mario Mandzukic, are the 32-year-olds who have propelled Croatia to its first major soccer final.
However, the biggest concern looking ahead to Sunday's game is bound to be fatigue, with Croatia having required extra-time for a third consecutive match, meaning they have played the equivalent of one match more than France. The ESPN FC crew were impressed with Croatia's approach.
"This is fantastic", Dalic said.
Now the song, with its repeated chorus of "football's coming home", is a staple again, No. 5 this week on YouTube UK's top music videos chart with more than two million views on the day of England's last match.
"We started slowly, but we showed our character just as in the previous two knockout games when we were a goal down".
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time - which has already played host to headliners in Roger Waters and The Cure - announced they would be screening the match to 30,000 lucky England fans who registered for a ballot.
"I just feel so disappointed".
The dream was crushed for supporters in Moscow and at home as Gareth Southgate's men lost 2-1 to Croatia in the semi-final.
"There is no doubt the most accomplished side are in the final". It is an anthem and has followed the team for a long time, but involved some hard moments as well.