The 2018 side are guaranteed to join that pantheon whatever the result of Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia in Moscow, though, and Southgate said there were some similarities.
Southgate's team of 23 has been revolutionary in the sense, that unlike the gold superstars of the past, this team is tied on a bond of brotherhood and the spectacle which they have presented in Russian Federation will make it easier for the next generation to follow them. Winning the Europa League was big for Atletico, we were so lucky, but playing for the national team, for your country, is totally different.
"During extra time against Russian Federation I felt knee pain. We were a group of guys having a lot of fun, enjoying our football, learning and improving all the time - and that's what these lads have done". I'm devastated for them. "The only disappointment was that we were 1-0 up, and we should have been more".
"70 minutes we battered them".
Again, we go back to Pride and Trust...the whole country is proud of the young squad that had belief when nobody thought they had a right too, and that all came from Southgate.
Parv Moondi, 49, form Norwich, was also among those trudging out of the Luzhniki and back to central Moscow. "I think France are going to win overall, that's my prediction".
"I was in Nice to watch us lose to Iceland, I was in Kiev to lose against Italy".
"It had tactical understanding, it had technically good players. I really thought we'd see a final though".
England haven't played in the semi-finals of a major tournament since Southgate's penalty kick at Wembley was saved by Andreas Koepke 22 years ago, and Andrea Moeller put the next kick over David Seaman and under the crossbar.
Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic says he will play through the pain against England after he needed treatment on a muscle problem against Russian Federation before becoming Croatia's spot-kick hero for the second round running.