Despite the potentially imminent tattoo remarkably Powell is still supporting England.
"I have got to say the players are incredible, they are an absolute pleasure to work with", Southgate said.
It is match day minus one, rather than two, as England prepare to play Belgium for a second time this tournament. "But regardless of the results, I think anybody that's Croatian out there can not be any more proud of that team and our country".
England still have the third-place play-off against Belgium to negotiate on Saturday, but Southgate has already begun planning for the future.
"Of course, we want to win, we'll be ready to go again because the team take great pride in their performances".
'They're on their way to being top players but they're not there yet but we can see we're progressing and really heading in the right direction'.
Southgate backed the move to keep the achievement in perspective. "There is an energy and connection back". "We had six matches playing with this system before we came into the tournament". They played, along with Saudi Arabia, probably the second worst team in the tournament, Tunisia. They've taken a nation with them.
"But if we have a parade, that would have been one part of the country and we represent the whole country as well". "Most of the people I know have gone back home". We have this togetherness, this unique unity - not just in football.
I'm sure the players will be disappointed not to have reached the final, but there is so much to be hopeful about for the future.
Southgate added the perception surrounding England's national team has changed. You can't put it into words. "We don't want to miss out on the fun even though our team is out", said Gabriel from Buenos Aires inside the Luzhniki Stadium complex.
Belgium has never finished better than fourth at the World Cup.