Southgate told reporters on Tuesday (Jul 10) that the most important thing was to keep things as normal as possible.
England thumped Croatia 5-1 at Wembley the last time the two nations met, in a World Cup qualifier in September 2009, but Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic are the only survivors from that match on either side. "And we have a great opportunity now to get to a World Cup final". As we regroup, he turns to me and says, "right that's enough, time to lift the tempo, let's get about them".
Perhaps even more significantly, most of the team have been together for a decade but are peaking now and brimming with motivation for their first semi-final since 1998.
Excitement has reached fever-pitch levels in England, as the country dreams of Southgate's team emulating the achievement of Alf Ramsey's side more than half a century ago.
"But he is a world class player and he is extremely effective for his country, for his club, and he has been one of the best players here at the World Cup so far".
Wednesday's World Cup semifinal game between England and Croatia is at 2 p.m. ET on FOX.
Despite a comfortable run through their group, Croatia has had a tougher ride in the knockout rounds, needing extra time and penalties to eliminate both Denmark in the round of 16 and then hosts Russian Federation in the last four.
They beat Tunisia in their tournament opener thanks to a late Harry Kane goal, brushed aside a poor Panama, edged out Colombia on penalties and easily beat Sweden in the quarter-finals.
24 April 1996, friendly: England 0-0 CroatiaNiko Kovac of Croatia celebrates with teammate Robert Kovac after beating England 3-2 in a Group E Euro 2008 Qualifying game.
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The Three Lions are also the second-highest scorers at the World Cup with 11 goals. Otherwise, England have no fitness issues going into the last-four.
"Gareth's sideline style has meant our waistcoats are really scoring with our customers, with sales doubling since the World Cup began", said a spokeswoman for retailer Marks & Spencer.
Despite the prospect of England reaching a first World Cup final since lifting the trophy on home soil in 1966, the squad looked relaxed during the open section of their morning session.
"Hopefully he'll have a quiet game tomorrow and we'll do our best to keep him quiet".
Prediction: Worn down after two straight penalty shoot-out wins, Croatia eventually fall victim to yet another set-piece goal from England.
The calmness in England's camp on and off the field is in stark contrast to Croatia's experience.
'Our medical and fitness staff who have pieced together a programme where we've nearly had every player fit for every training session.
The captain was the man of the match again in the penalty shootout win over Russian Federation in Sochi at the weekend.