"The good thing is we've had really mature conversations about it and now we've got to build on the squad that went out to Russian Federation".
"I am very happy for the two of you and I am very excited to see the reaction of fans from their countries, France and Croatia, celebrating this feat very much".
The way English supporters have embraced this team and their exploits in the last month has been nearly unprecedented, and with the vast majority of the squad still in their early to mid-twenties, there may be plenty more for their fans to enthuse about in the next few years.
"We've not won a knockout game for 12 years with far more experienced teams than this one".
"So, in the end we are very proud of what we've done".
Helping guide his team to their first ever World Cup final was Modric.
"He came into the picture at a very hard moment".
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I certainly think we've been communicating with the fans a lot better. "He can turn games and he can get a goal out of nothing". He sets the tone, it all comes from him, and he really has brought this team together.
"We've got some good players in our senior team and some good technical players in our development pathway as well", said Ashworth.
"Then there is the way we have handled a lot of situations in this tournament".
From a childhood blighted by war to a successful playing career now being muddied by a criminal case, Luka Modric has arrived at the World Cup final with plenty of life experiences.
Southgate and his group have learned a lot from their time in Russian Federation, but the fact they were just 20 minutes from a World Cup final will continue to haunt them. "I think the feeling after the Euros [in 2016] was the team was over, but the feeling is not that now", he added.
"The most important thing this tournament has done for English football is create a bond in the way the players and fans have come together".
"And although we can talk about having a more comfortable route to the semi-final - and for sure we did - but we've had those routes in the past and not got to the point we have".
Dalic's men have been forced to go through three periods of extra-time against Denmark, Russia and England to become the smallest country in 68 years to make the final.
"I don't care. I want the star (on my shirt for World Cup winners)".