But Southgate said he was already looking forward to Saturday´s quarter-final against Sweden in Samara, with a last-four clash against either Croatia or Russian Federation up for grabs.
Southgate had instructed his players to take care of business within 90 minutes yet, after Yerry Mina's late equaliser, the doubt crept in. This is England. This is how we should play.
The apparently personal message from the president of the Football Association said: "I couldn't be prouder of @england - a victory in a penalty shootout!"
Sweden now await in a Samara quarter-final on Saturday, which England approach buoyed by a display of character and coolness which belied this group's tender years.
He said: "We were all bracing ourselves for an exit".
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"Hopefully this continues. I'm extremely proud of these achievements, but I want to do better and do more".
"Shootouts are tough. We had talked long and hard about owning the process of a shootout".
"We showed resilience to come back from huge disappointment and kept calm". Ever. Since they first played in May 1970, England had won three times and drawn twice.
We weren't going to let him get away with it lightly; we penned a contract for him to sign, and we need you to witness this.
"We now move forward to a game that will really challenge us in a completely different way, but tonight is a special moment". "They don't have to conform to what's gone before, so it was a great night for everyone involved in the team".
"But now I'm thinking about Sweden. We have underestimated them for years".