Now, a new army of supporters has started an internet bid to get Southgate decorated by the Queen for re-igniting love of the national team.
Marvin Humes, presenter of The Official Vodafone Big Top 40, said: 'What an incredible day!
"There will be excitement, we just hope it doesn't go to a penalty shootout again like the Colombia match".
Others are finding maturity under Southgate; John Stones hardly put a foot wrong in central defense where Kyle Walker showed pace and awareness in a role he doesn't usually play and Jordan Henderson is mature an hard working in midfield, providing a ideal foil as Jesse Lingard flits and probes for openings. I don't feel like this was my best performance personally on the pitch, but to get a goal on an occasion like this is unbelievable.
Their valiant efforts in Russian Federation have seen thousands hit the pubs and clubs to support their boys from back home, with venues in Brighton regularly filling up when the Three Lions have played.
"We don't have renowned, world-class players yet but we've got lots of good young players who are showing on the young stage that they can be courageous on the ball, try and play the right way, have shown some mental resilience".
This group is tighter than previous generations in Southgate's opinion, thanks to bonding in the development teams and an ability to put club rivalries aside.
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'With young players, you're going to suffer at times.
'So they're two years further on and we've benefited from that as well'.
According to the British Beer and Pub Association, pint sales in England are expected to come out at 18 million for Saturday alone, seven million more than normal.
"I'm out here until Gareth goes home", says his friend Danny Morgan, 32. 'But, you know, we are progressing really well.
The nation's unofficial anthem Three Lions - with its incredibly catchy chorus "it's coming home" - has enjoyed a resurgence in recent weeks as the Harry Kane captained side has made the semi finals for just the third time.
"Maguire player of the tournament". I've not seen this level of composure from our team.
"Semi Gods", the Sunday Mirror declared with a picture of English players celebrating Maguire's thumping header to opening the scoring, while the Sunday People's headline urged the fans and the squad to "Keep calm and Harry on".
"We felt like we could dominate the ball today, we controlled the play".