Despite the potentially imminent tattoo remarkably Powell is still supporting England.
"I am immensely proud by the way the players have played and we can see by the reaction of the supporters, they felt the same".
As Mario Mandžukić took advantage of a lapse in concentration from England's defence and buried the winning goal for Croatia in extra time, hearts were crushed and dreams were shattered.
"And I think we need to take full credit for that because we've changed that".
They will end their tournament with a third/fourth place play-off against Belgium in St. Petersburg on Saturday.
"Hopefully when we come back in the next tournaments, we can come back one step further and it'll feel a lot better". Little was expected from England in Russian Federation, but they have overachieved by going so far and Southgate is the man credited with the turnaround in fortunes.More news: IT agrees to 1-year deal with Nuggets
"There's an energy and a connection back".
"Meeting and speaking to the players has been a great experience", he said. We will carry one another. They played, along with Saudi Arabia, probably the second worst team in the tournament, Tunisia.
The possibility of a public celebration in the team's honour had been raised in response to their unexpected run to the final four, the nation's best performance in 28 years. We know this is the biggest game of our lives and we want to leave the pitch with our heads held high and say we did everything.
"There's a culture that exists now every time we come together that we expect any new player who comes in to follow".
"I've pretty much lost my voice with the amount of singing I've done, the atmosphere has been brilliant". You can't put it into words.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Southgate said: "We have to decide who can go again physically".
Fans from both sides were hoping and praying for a spot in the World Cup final.