In John Stones and Harry Maguire, Southgate has two centre-backs with completely different career trajectories, but perhaps, the most fascinating to watch has been Southgate's use of British football media's cursed child, Raheem Sterling.
Mia Šetula, a Croatian student at Bournemouth University, admitted she will be cheering for England's opponents tonight.
Dozens of English soccer fans began heading for Moscow in a last-minute rush on Tuesday in an effort to be part of a potentially historic sporting moment as England take on Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals.
Warnings to England fans and players had ranged from the supposed threat lurking from masses of hooligans, to players being seduced by Kremlin-backed 'honey traps'.
Croatia looked vulnerable from set-pieces against Russian Federation, conceding the equaliser in extra-time via a set-play, so this is an area England can exploit.
Stan Chattersley, who has lived in Bournemouth for 15 years, admitted he would not be supporting England.
"I'm not normally a lover of the World Cup, because it's at the end of the season, with too many teams in the group stage".
"Croatia, I think, will stay in a lower block and will try to find solutions on the counter-attack because they have very fast players with [Andrej] Kramaric, [Ante] Rebic and also [Mario] Mandzukic, who is a fighter, and also maybe with the individual brilliance from Modric and Rakitic".
England are Croatia's opponents in the final four of the tournament as they bid to reach their first final. We go 1-0 down, in danger of going home. I am ignoring the meaningless match against Belgium.
"We've won after scoring in the last minute, won after conceding in the last minute, come through extra time and penalties".