The displays in the warm-up matches have been in contrast to England's performances in recent years, which critics say have been hallmarked by disjointed and often tiresome football - just 40,000 fans turned up for a friendly against Norway at Wembley in 2014, and some travelling fans booed a the end of a 4-0 win in Malta last year.
He struggled for form during England's dismal Euro 2016 campaign when they were knocked out by Iceland in the Round of 16.
After flying into Saint Petersburg, England headed to their base camp in the seaside town of Repino, 45 kilometres (30 miles) northwest of the city, where preparations will start for the Three Lions' opening game against Tunisia on Monday.
"He has taught me so much about the game: just managing the game, understanding the game, and knowing the players around you really".
"I have to move on from it.as long as the manager feels it is going to benefit the team, then why not?"
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Despite the improving relations with the supporters and more optimistic mood within the country, few associated with England expect the team to win the World Cup on July 15. "We just wanted to get over here and settled to start to prepare for the games ahead", he said.
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"I keep being asked the question and I keep finding different ways to answer it".
"I'm confident it won't happen (again) - I won't say 100 per cent because you never know in football - but in this team we wear our heart on our sleeve". Constantly trying to improve, playing in a style that we've used in the previous year or so and that people have warmed to.
"We hope we can send people to work the following day having enjoyed our matches, I know what those tournament experiences can be like and we desperately want to bring that", said Southgate, whose side have warmed up with wins over fellow finalists Nigeria and Costa Rica.