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Goal celebrations are often memorable, especially the ones over goals that determined a World Cup finalist.
"The honest thing is it's not a game any team wants to play in", Southgate said ahead of the match against Belgium.
"But we do it for ourselves as well".
"We have to show pride and passion which we have". There's no question about that. "We have a very strong collective and Croatia also have some big individual talents at the service of the team too". They have played 90 minutes more than us - I don't know if it's a disadvantage for them or if they're going to want to show that they want to win even more.
"But that will be the challenge".
It is the first time since 1998 that the nation of just over four million people have reached this stage, after they eliminated Russian Federation in a penalty shootout at the weekend. There's nothing better, when people are writing you off and saying you're not fit to wear the shirt, slagging people off, it's kind of saying: "Well there you go - have that back at you", he said.
"It's not the game we wanted to be in".
Predicting a "difficult and intriguing match for both teams", the Liverpool centre-back dismissed the notion that Croatia are at a disadvantage because they have had to play 120 minutes twice in a week.
"We're absolutely gutted but I think we have to take it on the chin". It will be a different sort of scenario.
There is still work to be done and finding a way to create more chances from open play looks chief among Southgate's tasks. "We felt we were good enough but have fallen just a bit short".
"It hurts, it'll hurt for a while, but we can hold our heads up high".
England v Sweden match at the Solstice.
"We needed him for this competition and it is on this point that he has really progressed".