Kane, who says his mum cried when he was handed the captaincy by Southgate, does not expect a repeat of the woeful Euro 2016 campaign which saw them beaten by minnows Iceland in the last 16 and cost then manager Roy Hodgson his job.
Southgate has quietly overseen a changing of the guard with England, however, by promoting young players and overlooking the likes of Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere and he believes that England will travel to Russian Federation having already pressed the reset button with the fans.
Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand also said recently that he cherishes his club successes and considers them more important to him than anything he did for England.
The former Crystal Palace and Everton boss feels he should still be in charge of England and, in a BBC documentary to be aired on Sunday, said: "Jealous is what I feel. In the end, we want to entertain where we possibly can". "Across three weeks, we have been really pleased to get the 23 we picked through all of the sessions".
"We know we are not the finished article, in fact we're a long way from that, but I think people see signs of progress and enjoy watching us and the manner in which we try to play".
"We have another week of preparation and a lot of competition for places, as you know", Southgate told reporters on Tuesday upon arrival at Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg.
"It is a World Cup - there is always going to be pressure, nerves and excitement".
"I have worked my whole life to get to where I am now in a World Cup squad, and to showcase my talent on the World Cup stage, playing in my position".
"But our focus as a team has to be on the bits we can control".
"We are just trying to improve every day we work together".