In London's Hyde park, the British Summer Time festival's midweek events have been rescheduled to allow for the match to be screened to a crowd of up to 30,000 people from their main stage.
"It was very hard to accept what happened two years ago, and we do not want that to happen again".
In addition to touching on England's preparations for the nation's biggest game in almost three decades, Southgate took the time to praise World Cup hosts Russian Federation.
"This is in stark contrast to the (England) fans out in Russian Federation, whose behavior, apart from a couple of minor incidents, has been great".
"I've seen lots of ex-players and had lots of messages from ex-players as well who have the same view, so we're really pleased with his contribution, and his work-rate as well without the ball has been incredible for us".
With talk of England's chances dominating conversations, even politicians and royalty have got in on the act.
"I will get more attention and it won't be easy to go out for meals if I am in certain places but it won't change my view on the world or the things I attempt to do".
"The whole country is with us".
For if Laurence is still out of the country come Saturday afternoon, it might just mean it's coming home.
"It was a song I couldn't listen to for 20 years, so it has a slightly different feel and it's nice to see people enjoying it slightly differently", he told a news conference at Luzhniki Stadium. He laughed as he replied: "Most definitely".
Southgate, though, says his side have not even begun to realise their potential.
"I am here with them today to write a new page in history, the most handsome page".
"Gareth Southgate and the boys have done a fantastic job and I'm sure that they are going to go on to do well". I think sport has the power to address that, and football, in particular, has the power to do that.
England and Croatia fans in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral in Red Square.
"Prediction is England 2 Croatia 1 (after extra time)".
Goalkeeper Jack Butland had a secret message to the England fans as the goalkeepers trained in Repino before flying to Moscow...