"I don't think it (Germany's exit) has any bearing on us".
"The whole squad's strong for England so I think easy win", the 26-year-old from Croydon, south London, said.
"But the lads who've played have done well and fully deserved the credit they've got. If you explore even a little bit beyond the fan park you discover a lot of culture".
The key is how the "bigger" nations evolve and develop as they progress through the knockout rounds and in the latter stages of the competition. "We just want to put on a good performance for the fans".
Both teams were fined $40,000 by governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association for "violating the spirit of the game".
The very public demonstration of a discovery from the Super Bowl trip put into practice by Southgate was England putting all 23 players up for media interviews during a single, rapid session before flying to Russian Federation.
Southgate's opposite number, Roberto Martinez, has publicly pondered wholesale changes to his side and England will make alterations too. Both Thailand and Indonesia lost their semifinals anyway.
Harry Kane's stoppage-time victor in England's opening group game against Tunisia remains the most watched programme in 2018, with a peak audience of 18.3m, more than the Royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
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They are now locked together on six points with the same goal difference, having scored and conceded the same number of goals, although England are now ahead by virtue of fewer bookings.
Mr Michel also handed a Belgium football scarf to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, who draped it over Ireland's Leo Varadkar. Rather, players can feel relaxed to explore the bounds of their abilities in an effort to make their mark on the tournament.
What it shows is that, with Italy and Holland out before we got to this point, Chile - who were in the Confederations Cup final - as well and now Germany, there really is no opportunity to rest on where you are as a team, or stop the constant improvement.
"I've got a ticket for the final - if we get there touch wood".
"If you've got big games coming up and you're on four yellow cards, one more means you get suspended".
"I think I speak on behalf of the whole team...there's just that great bond between everyone, where you want each other to do well".
"That will be down to the manager to decide and I'm sure he'll have a conversation with him about that".
"He came up to me at the end of the game and said, 'Thanks for that Mark'".