"I've met quite a few of those players and we know exactly how they're held and perhaps, in the modern era, that would be even crazier," Southgate told Britain's daily newspapers.
"Social media and everything else, the global thing is so much bigger." While the England players are tucked away in a sleepy training base in the remote town of Repino, 45 kilometres (28 miles) northwest of Saint Petersburg, football fever is sweeping the nation back home.
"We've talked, touched briefly, certainly, on the team which won. How they're still held and revered," he added.
"At the beginning we were working together with the lads and trying to sell them the vision of what's possible, what we're looking to achieve in the long term.
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