There was only the slightest concession to the criticism which followed his failure to keep out Belgium's victor in the group stage - which included critiques of his technique and even his height.
"I wasn't born the last time England reached a World Cup semi-final (in 1990)".
"I look forward to them as a goalkeeper, I get excitement from it. I don't care if I'm not the biggest keeper because it's about being there in the moment and making the save and I was".
"I'm just delighted that we got through and hopefully we can keep building and keep going on".
He said: "It wouldn't put me off but it might put Gareth off!"
Henderson has played a key role in England's success so far, impressing enormously in midfield, and he has been getting regular feedback from Klopp.
Southgate, who has been at the helm of the England team for less than two years, has guided the young team to the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 28 years.
"I think all goalkeepers have their own strengths and weaknesses that you can learn and get better on", said Pickford to the media at the mixed zone following the last eight clash against Sweden in Samara.
"We knew we had this game, even if it had to go to penalties, we knew we were capable of winning".
The Liverpool captain was the only England man to miss in the shoot-out that followed a 1-1 draw against Colombia, but watched with relief as Mateus Uribe's powerful effort hit the bar and Jordan Pickford denied Carlos Bacca.
He played on with a hamstring injury against Russian Federation in the quarter-final and might be in doubt to play England on Wednesday.
"I thought we were fantastic". We've got an outstanding mentality.
'It'll be the most hard game [England] will have played so far'.
England are now joint second favourites alongside France to win the tournament at just 4/1, according bookmakers Ladbrokes.