Southgate feels privileged to "connect everyone through football" and hopes to keep the party going back home.
"I'm not sure he's always believed that but he's a super talent, a super player and his use of the ball is as good as any defender in the tournament".
Gerrard, 38, made over 100 appearances for England, serving as Three Lions captain at times during his worldwide career and scoring 21 goals along the way.
"We have got to be here for another week (as there is the third-placed play-off) so it's up to us now which games we play in".
Empoli fan Francesco is a little more pessimistic about England's chances, but has still admired their work so far. "They're a very strong side and one we'll have to play really well against to beat".
The Luton Town fan promised on Twitter: 'Putting my neck on the line, but if @England get to the quarter finals with that squad, I will get the 23 man squad names tattooed on me'.
Dele Alli is the second-youngest England player to score in a World Cup, at the age of 22 years and 87 days.
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However, it was the Croatians who held their nerve in the shoot-out to triumph 4-3 and will now face England on Wednesday. It would be a pity to be here and not see Moscow. "We succeeded but we have to keep going forward".
"I am excited and confident they can go and deliver again", Gerrard said.
"This was a friendly match against Bury; yes there was 40,000 here so there was a slight bit of pressure, especially for the new players because it's the first time they will be judged".
England have a poor record against Sweden in competitive fixtures, their 3-2 victory in the group stage at Euro 2012 represents the only success in eight previous meetings.
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"Obviously not all of them think the same, but I'm sure there wasn't this support in the last few tournaments".
The Tottenham striker is also level with Gary Lineker's England record from the 1986 World Cup as he leads the race for the Golden Boot.
This will be in response to the low number of clear-cut chances created by England's midfield, a problem Southgate wants to get rid of before they face Janne Andersson's side. "To be honest, England's World Cup is very similar to in 2006 when Italy won and even if they don't say it out loud they think it's coming home!"