However the rest of the tournament plays out, Southgate's contribution will be lauded for decades to come and he's come a long way since being described as a safe option after the nightmare which was Allardyce's tenure.
Southgate praised his players for their diligence and commitment ahead of a game that he believes his players approach as well prepared as possible. At the beginning of working together with the lads and trying to sell them the vision of what's possible, what we're looking to achieve in the long-term.
It will be just the third time France will be appearing in a World Cup final.
"We watched the game today and saw how good they are from dead-ball situations", captain Luka Modric said.
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"I think they (England) have been fantastic, a breath of fresh air".More news: George Clooney's horror motorbike accident
"I only played for three clubs, I have a real affinity with all three, but England has been the biggest part of my life really".
Asked at his eve-of-match press call if he had been inundated by requests for tickets to England's biggest match in a generation, Southgate revealed he had only invited his loved ones to Moscow. "Croatia deserve respect, they've got some wonderful players". We're confident but we know it's going to be very hard.
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"This team, with every performance I've seen in this tournament, it has been controlled and composed".
Gareth Southgate's side's potency from set-pieces was certainly on the minds of Croatia after they were forced into penalties by Russian Federation. "It's going to be tough but let's say it's definitely coming home".
"So we'll just have to assess people as we go. So, they should - we've got trust in them doing that".