"Throughout my career and my life I have always taken the harder path and had to fight for everything myself", he said.
Wembley will host several matches - including the semi-finals and final - as Euro 2020 takes place across various European cities, and Southgate said: "We nearly have a home tournament, it's going to be brilliant".
I'm still heartbroken and never felt so gutted.
"Regardless of Sunday's result, which I believe will be a victory, we are winners".
"It's different but no less painful, for sure, but I've also got to get everyone else though the next three days".
England captain Harry Kane did not feature in England's loss to Belgium in the group stages but he will go into the game looking to add to the tournament-leading six goals he has already scored.
He then plans to work at least one day at St George's Park next week, beginning to put plans in place for September's global break before indulging a hard-earned holiday.
However, winning at the junior level rarely foretells success.
That game saw both coaches heavily rotate their teams, and a similar scenario is likely in Saint Petersburg, with several fringe players pushing for a start. It is said that the wide man suffered a thigh injury amidst the semi final drama. We are up against players of a high quality and with lots of experience. "That's incredible for everybody. It won't be the same XI but, ideally, we want to make as few changes as possible". We are all friends and I want all the best for them.
"Of course it's going to be a really hard task over the next 24 hours to get everyone mentally back to where we want them for a game like that. They've seen that now".
"We want to keep those standards right to the end and the players did that this morning in training".
"Trippier is the obvious one because he's had to come off during the game and (Jordan) Henderson is also feeling his hamstring so we will just have to assess it". "That's the reality", he said. "Everybody has trained, but we have to decide who can go again, physically", he revealed. You've got to enjoy those moments. Djokovic is a great athlete and a fantastic person and we met in Miami. I think the football has brought the nation together, people are going to pubs and celebrating, and that's what football should be about.
"Of course, it will be hard to get ourselves up for it and that's where character comes in".