In the last four they met their 1990 World Cup semi-final nemesis Germany, who gatecrashed the hosts' party by winning a penalty shootout after England's sixth spot-kick - taken by Southgate - was saved.
However, ahead of England v Croatia tonight, I can't disagree this time.
M&S are the official tailor of the England national team and that has seen Three Lions squad wear their suits collection, as well as Southgate looking dapper in their attire on the touchline throughout the World Cup.
The mum-of-three also went to the infant school herself and said: 'I'm a passionate England fan, our whole family are, and I remember Gareth from the days he used to play with the Neville brothers and David Beckham.
"Croatia has great players at great clubs around Europe", said Dalic.
The victor of the encounter will face either France or Belgium in the World Cup final.
She added that she is flying back to Croatia and would be watching the game as part of a joint birthday football celebration.
"Croatia have got good players right through their team and, without a doubt, they will be the best team that England have played at this World Cup..."
"Sometimes I think these things are written and the way this tournament has opened up for England, is one of the reasons it feels like this is their time". I felt something unusual in my knee and after talking with the doctor on the sideline we decided I should come off. So I did and we won 2-0.
About a dozen England fans passing through Heathrow wore dark blue waistcoats over their T-shirts in tribute to Southgate who has taken to wearing a waistcoat on the touch-line along with suit pants and a dress shirt and tie.
Incredible scenes have filled the town centre after the team progressed through the competition reaching the semi-finals for the first time in 28 years. "I think it's going to be incredibly loud in any bar we end up going to for the match".