England, meanwhile, "blew our chances", said 17-year-old Josh Ogunde after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near Trafalgar Square in central London as the disappointed crowds streamed home.
Andy Bradley, 42, from Hull, East Yorkshire, was among the throng of despondent England fans leaving the Moscow venue.
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.
"Semi-finals, they've done what they had to do, they took us to the semi-finals". For 70 minutes we battered them.
Southgate is keen for his young England team to use that Germany side as an example, saying: "I remember Germany in 2006, and it feels like we are in a similar place".
Parv Moondi, 49, from Norwich, was heading out of the Luzhniki and back to central Moscow.
Two years ago, when we lost to Iceland at Euro 2016, the team was booed off and there was a disgusting atmosphere afterwards of anger and disillusionment.
England had a great opportunity and it hurts to come so close to our first World Cup final since 1966, but I think you have to focus on all the positives that we can take from this campaign.
"This was the dream, we could've made it".
In Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic they have the midfield engines of both Real Madrid and Barcelona, while the scorer of their victor against the Three Lions, Mario Mandzukic, won the Champions League with Bayern Munich and now plays for Juventus.
"It's not something I'm really thinking about, " he said.
Towering defender Harry Maguire has risen to cult hero status at the World Cup and he has had an army of family and pals following him around during the tournament.
"In the first half, give them credit they did play relatively well, in the second half bottle jobs".
"We've always had targets and we've achieved them but we wanted to go the whole way".