In John Stones and Harry Maguire, Southgate has two centre-backs with completely different career trajectories, but perhaps, the most fascinating to watch has been Southgate's use of British football media's cursed child, Raheem Sterling.
Gareth Southgate's side take on Croatia in Moscow tonight in a World Cup semi-final.
England play Croatia on Wednesday, July 11 with kick off at 7pm.
Croatia looked vulnerable from set-pieces against Russian Federation, conceding the equaliser in extra-time via a set-play, so this is an area England can exploit.
Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said: "England's performances under the astute management and leadership of Gareth Southgate in this World Cup have been absolutely sensational and instilled enormous excitement and pride in people of all ages across the country and of course here in Leeds".
She added that she is flying back to Croatia and would be watching the game as part of a joint birthday football celebration.
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"It's only when you pass the group stage, when you lose the teams who are not at the right level, that the World Cup really starts for me".
Get your waistcoats out, LADS!
Another football fan flying to Croatia to watch the game is James Stephenson, from Winton.
He predicts England will win 2-1 but only after extra-time, that would be a tough one to experience and a similarly comfortable 2-0 victory, like the one over Sweden, would be much more preferable.
"I just have a feeling that England will find a way to win". They'll have to be hugely proud of the team and they must think that they can beat us.
Waistcoat mania has well and truly become something else to the point where tomorrow is also being referred to as '#WaistcoatWednesday' in support of England's crucial semi-final game against Croatia. I am ignoring the meaningless match against Belgium.