A 2-0 victory over Malta in October, 2016 got Southgate's reign as Sam Allardyce's successor off to the flawless start and he's since managed to guide the Three Lions to a World Cup semi-final.
To mark the monumental occasion on Wednesday, which is England's first World Cup semi-final since 1990, the iconic Black Prince statue in City Square is now holding an England flag and its very own football.
Some may see this as a negative, but England's set-piece prowess is only a good thing, as they look a threat at every corner and free-kick that they get.
"Our players did a great job".
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Stan Chattersley, who has lived in Bournemouth for 15 years, admitted he would not be supporting England. If I'm honest, I don't think there are many England players who would get into this Croatian team. It's a tough one but I've got to go with my roots and support the Croatian boys.
If Harry Maguire was a man in demand before the World Cup, he most certainly will be after it, too. "I think France will win the title".
Another football fan flying to Croatia to watch the game is James Stephenson, from Winton.
"But we had to finalise the book well before the squads were going to be announced and that's when Gareth started getting a little wary because, even though he was pretty much nailed on to make the squad, he didn't want to be seen as being a little overconfident if it came out he was doing the book". So I did and we won 2-0.
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 am ignoring the meaningless match against Belgium.