The English squad is remarkably young, and by the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the team will have four years more experience under their belts.
A big day for British soccer (or football) fans when their team is competing in the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup against Croatia. In the semi-final, with the help of some timely rain, he came from two sets to one down to beat Briton Tim Henman.
Alas, it was not to be. But England has not been in the final since 1966, when it won its only World Cup title. But right now, the signs are all looking good.
After watching their team stumble at major tournaments for decades, often falling to much smaller nations, England supporters had begun to think that 2018 might be a different story.
Captain Hary Kane missed a chance he would normally take, Jesse Lingaard directed his effort wide from a promising position and there were signs Croatia were being overrun in that half. See more of the fun in the video player above.
England can take much from these momentous last few weeks in Russian Federation, where bonds have been forged behind the gates of their base in Repino, and Southgate's squad have won many admirers with their modest and down-to-earth approach. But the squad that England fielded in 2018 seemed like a completely different team, despite comprising numerous same players.
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Others looked to the future, with BBC journalist Jeremy Vine tweeting: 'On the upside, Gareth Southgate is now free to be prime minister'.
About a dozen England fans passing through Heathrow wore dark blue waistcoats over their T-shirts in tribute to Southgate who has taken to wearing a waistcoat on the touch-line along with suit pants and a dress shirt and tie.
A photographer covering the World Cup inadvertently became part of a celebration, and the result was incredible.
Croatia will play for World Cup supremacy for the first time ever, while England fans in Penticton will watch their team play Belgium for third place on Saturday, beginning at 7 a.m. local time.
And the team is already eyeing up the road ahead.
"It hurts, I don't know what else to say, it hurts", Kane said after the match. "It shows we can be up here". We have to carry that on.