Whether they were ravaging an IKEA store or filling the streets of Clapham, in south London, in one case crashing through a glass bus shelter, you can hear it in the background: "it's coming home, it's coming, football's coming home".
"It is important that we stay like that, keep going and hopefully we achieve something to make it even more special to get to the final and win it".
The 2018 side are guaranteed to join that pantheon whatever the result of Wednesday's semi-final against Croatia in Moscow, though, and Southgate said there were some similarities.
"I was not a renowned fashion icon in my playing career so it's odd to feel that way now!" he said on Tuesday.
"The Boss (Sir Bobby Robson) did that in 1990 and, since then we've had Terry Venables (at Euro 96) but not really anyone else who has managed to get the country together".
Prime Minister Theresa May said: "Gareth Southgate and the boys have done a fantastic job and I'm sure that they're going to go on to do well and I wish them all the very best of luck tonight". We are proud of the style they have played with.
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Southgate praised his players for their diligence and commitment ahead of a game that he believes his players approach it as well prepared as possible.
"As an England fan you want to see good football and the team being ruthless in both boxes and they certainly have been that". "We're not working much now so you can imagine what it will be like if we win".
In the World Cup, England has won on the two meetings with France and have an overall 19 wins with 9 losses, signifying n advantage to England.
"Whether we win or lose, we're creating history", he said.
The song's meaning is centered on the idea the tournament was first major competition to be held in the country since the nation -known as the birthplace of football as we know it today- hosted and won the World Cup in 1966. "[There were] a lot of areas we felt we might be able to improve".