He and the players have been working hard ever since on reconnecting both on and off the pitch, but he knows the process will only be completed if they can win in Moscow and reach the last eight, the generally accepted minimum requirement at this tournament.
Now, he is established as a first-choice midfielder in a young and seemingly fearless England team that is through to the last 16 of the World Cup.
England have been practising penalties since March. When the Swedes opened up against Mexico they played their best football of the tournament, so will they look to be positive against the Swiss, after seeing how Costa Rica made them suffer, or will we see a more cautious approach with the quarterfinal just a game away? That's what got us here today so why change?
"We can definitely go up another gear", he said.
Alli worked himself into the team for England's Group G opener against Tunisia, only to pick up a thigh strain that kept him out of the final two matches. No disrespect to the two countries but if you can't beat them you are not winning World Cups. If teams are beating Spain and Germany they have also got to be respected.
England, then under Roy Hodgson, saw their European Championship campaign ended at the same stage after a poor display in Nice, with Southgate hinting that team had lost focus and were already thinking about the next challenge.
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It is only a matter of months since he bid farewell to his own teenage years but while Mbappe is primed for superstar status, Rashford has too often had to settle for cameos with United and England in recent times. But also, generally the better teams have won.
"I think it's very unsafe".
'It's a youthful squad but we've still got experienced players in there and the team spirit is fantastic.
He said: "To be honest, I'm not a Jesse, who has his celebrations stored".
He said: "We have been in this position before many times over the last however many years".
Petkovic added: 'Those who know me realise I am not clinging on to the thought of what could be just in this match. In the 6-1 win over Panama in the group stage, he scored one of the goals of the tournament so far, exchanging passes with Raheem Sterling before curling a long-range shot into the top corner of the net. "The manager's come in with great ideas, the formation suits us perfectly", said Lingard.