"All the celebrations and the songs they are singing back home, it inspires us as players to be able to bring the nation together and put smiles on people's faces. It was important he tried to reconnect with the fans and he certainly has done that".
"Seeing the fans back home on social media...we love the support off the fans and we just want to do as well as we can as team and hopefully do them proud", he added.
Midfielder Jordan Henderson, who was only six years old the day Southgate missed from the spot against Germany, admitted the scenes of celebrations back home are inspiring him and his team-mates.
"They are all pampered, they're all headphones and you can't get anything out of them", said former player turned analyst Chris Waddle.
"Our country has been through some hard moments recently in terms of its unity and I think sport has the power to do that and football in particular has the power to do that".
German Dietmar Hamann has told The 32 that the big changes implemented by Gareth Southgate can see England go on to lift the World Cup. "It's a very special feeling, it's a privilege for us". "It's a massive game against Wales but we're confident of getting a win and a place in France next year".
Two years ago England crashed out of the European Championship in the first knockout round with a 2-1 defeat by Iceland after an abysmal performance.
Yet, while some suggested prior to the World Cup that such a situation would be a hindrance, it has been anything but, and Southgate has been keen to get across that the players are on the precipice of untouchable status.
The duke said: "A new generation is enjoying the magic of this World Cup run".
Pogba and France will advance to the World Cup Final on Sunday, where it'll take on the victor of Croatia vs. England - who face off on Wednesday - for a chance to bring home its second World Cup championship.