Southgate was so demoralized by his penalty kick failure against Germany in the 1996 European Championship semifinals, he avoided The Lightning Seeds "Three Lions", the team's official song when it hosted the tournament.
It's coming home. Or it's not.
England hasn't played in the semifinals of a major tournament since Southgate's penalty kick at Wembley was saved by Andreas Koepke 22 years ago, and Andrea Moeller put the next kick over David Seaman and under the crossbar.
"I'm rare breed. I'm an Englishman that doesn't drink tea", he said.
While England enjoyed a relatively stress-free 2-0 win over Sweden in the last eight, Croatia had to come through a grueling extra time against hosts Russian Federation and then a penalty shootout.
Zlatko Dalic's side are more experienced. Each side has won two of the four meetings since then, which includes England's infamous 3-2 defeat at in November 2007, which saw it miss out on a Euro 2008 spot and led to the departure of boss Steve McClaren.
Lovren has featured in all five of Croatia's World Cup games so far and played the entirely of the team's two knockout fixtures with Denmark and Russian Federation that went to a penalty shootout after 120 minutes of play.
"We've got to keep getting over those hurdles and I know we talked about the success of the younger teams but this is a much harder, much bigger level for the players and the belief is building as things are happening. We know what it takes and in such moments you forget any fatigue you may feel", said the 29-year-old at Tuesday's (Jul 10) eve-of-game press conference at the Luzhniki Stadium. "I will go home, take the dogs for a run, disappear to Yorkshire, but it is of course a chance to be involved in something incredibly special". "The age of the players, the improvement in the players, the hunger in the players has been apparent for everybody to see".
Either way, they face their biggest test yet this World Cup and in the biggest game of their careers.