Kieran Tripper, who was perhaps England's best player out in Russian Federation and scored on the night, was comforted by wife Charlotte and their young daughter.
Gifted a relatively soft draw by the early exit of a number of traditional World Cup superpowers, England reached the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time since Euro 1996, when Southgate was part of the team.
"Yes, I was good against Kane but yesterday before the game I received a question like 'what do you think about the 4-1 when Liverpool played Tottenham?'"
Some England fans emerged from the Luzhniki Stadium in tears and being hugged by others while jubilant Croatian supporters celebrated around them.
"Of course it is going to be a really hard task over the next 24 hours to assess everybody and to get everybody mentally back to where we want them for a game like that".
He said: "It feels incredible, especially after everything that was said about us before the game". However, Ivan Perišić scored a stunning goal in the 68th minute when he flicked the ball in past English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with an outstretched foot to equalise with England.
"The honest thing is it's not a game any team wants to play in", manager Gareth Southgate said.
Belgium won that match, and did surprisingly well navigating the "side of death", defeating Japan and Brazil en route to the semifinal before falling 1-0 to France. But they gave us pride - and brought the whole nation together": "The Mail uses its front page to focus on the impact England's success at the World Cup has had beyond the world of football.
On the final whistle the devastation among the players was palpable. We showed our character, we showed that we deserved to be in the final and people should respect us.
In terms of team news, Thomas Meunier will return after missing the semi-final through suspension - but no injury problems have been reported.