"I think as a manager, your job is to support the players, inspire the players, to give them the best possible way to be successful", he told reporters.
"I hope we made you proud". Croatia president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović has been the number one fan of the team.
"It can't just be that I pick a group of players to get a result today, we've got to keep trying to develop, invest in some young players, try things in the games in the autumn".
I'm thinking about the Tunisia game, when we kept going to get a late victor.
"There was a odd moment at the end of the semi-final against Croatia when we looked at the fans and they were still singing".
"Previous teams have had the opportunities we had and not managed to get over the line and this team did. I am happy with where I am and I never cared what anyone else said, it only further motivated me".
"We have a cohort of youngsters who have good worldwide experience at a young age and that counts for something".
"We've got some good players in our senior team and some good technical players in our development pathway as well".
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Putin is regarded as creating a culture of violence and impunity that has resulted in the killing of some Russian journalists. A Finnish man, who works as an elderly-care nurse, held a sign in English and Russian saying "Putin prison for lifetime".
"We have to coach and develop and improve as a group, and that then requires the players to have a willingness to improve, and they've shown that in abundance over the last seven weeks".
Southgate suggested Phil Jones, who played both games against Belgium in Russian Federation, had a long-term future within the set-up but suggested Gary Cahill, at 32, may play less of a role after an worldwide career that has spanned eight years, four permanent managers and 61 caps.
Modric has covered more yards than any player at the World Cup, registering 63.03 kilometers (39 miles) in six games, according to Federation Internationale de Football Association.
Kane is set to finish as the tournament's top scorer with six goals, although three of those came in a 6-1 win over Panama and he has not scored in England's last three games.
"It's been proper teamwork, I think, that people have felt in previous tournaments has been lacking".
Jadon Sancho, the exciting forward at Borussia Dortmund, is another young star with a genuine chance of making the senior squad sooner rather than later, Sky Sports News understands.
Southgate spoke eloquently in a post-match press conference that he rounded off by thanking the tournament organisers, volunteers, English media and the Russian hosts.
"But on a personal level, and mixing with the people of Russian Federation, we couldn't have been made more welcome".