We haven't spoken about it too much, with that I think it's about being free in your mind, picking where you want to go and go with it.
"I'm confident it won't happen (again) - I won't say 100 per cent because you never know in football - but in this team we wear our heart on our sleeve".
But Southgate insists that his players are primarily determined to entertain and ensure that England at least enjoys a feel-good factor during the tournament.
"I've talked before about there being a disconnect between the supporters and the team and I've felt that there's different ways to bridge that".
'Our journey might get just as hard as theirs as we go along, ' said the England manager.
England wrapped up their St George's Park camp preparations by staging an internal match on the Sir Bobby Charlton Pitch.
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, gestures as he speaks to Kim Yo-jong, the sister to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Pompeo, who led the outreach as Central Intelligence Agency director, traveled twice to North Korea for preliminary talks.
Welcome to the 2018 World Cup.
Atkinson is planning to reach Kaliningrad for England's final group game against Belgium on June 28.
"We played a behind-closed-doors game in France [at the 1998 World Cup] with Glenn [Hoddle] against local opposition, which I thought worked quite well".
"We know we are not the finished article, in fact we're a long way from, but I think people see signs of progress and enjoy watching us and the manner in which we try to play".
"Sometimes, going into a big tournament is about not losing and being passive but, for us, it's about winning the first game, winning the second game".
"And I would be surprised if the majority of players did not say the World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world".
"So to now be managing and leading my country to a World Cup is an extra special moment".