The Three Lions were knocked out at the semi-finals stage by Croatia after Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor.
Croatia did not allow England the second goal, which proved to be decisive as they frustrated England who is a team that likes to play attacking football.
Southgate's appointment as England manager in 2016 was not met by much excitement from fans however he's vitalised the side. The supporters came together to sing the popular hit Don't Look Back In Anger.
While England have generally disappointed their fans in the recent past, there was a sea change in the relationship between Southgate's side and the public.
How do they make sure that this is not a beguiling high, especially when aspirations just grew with England's passage to only their third tournament semi-final since 1966?
"Some players played with minor injuries with which they would not have played some other games". But the team will be stronger for it. Pickford rushed off his line and stuck out his right leg to block Mandzukic's poke-in attempt of Perisic's cross near the end of the first extra-time period.
"We've left everything out there, you can look at the goals and the chances, but I don't think over the six or seven weeks we've been together we could've given any more".
It stayed level at 90 minutes, meaning Croatia faced extra time for the third successive game, having got past Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties.
The Croatian football team at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation. But in spite of putting up a stellar performance throughout the tournament, the Three Lions hopes of lifting their second World Cup trophy were dashed as they lost the semifinal against Croatia on Wednesday.
"We've come an incredibly long way in a short time and the experiences against Colombia, Sweden, is probably beyond where we thought we could go".
"But when you´ve got to this point, and we´ve played as well as we have, you want to take those opportunities in life".