It only seems fitting then, that during this summer's World Cup, the FA will be broadcasting an all access, interactive show, "The Lions' Den".
Traditionalists will always see the World Cup as the greatest stage for footballers but there has been less spark around England in recent times.
He struggled for form during England's dismal Euro 2016 campaign when they were knocked out by Iceland in the Round of 16.
The former Crystal Palace and Everton boss feels he should still be in charge of England and, in a BBC documentary to be aired on Sunday, said: "Jealous is what I feel".
But for me, I don't think it gets much bigger than the World Cup.
"But I think there was a shift [in public opinion] in November when we brought in some of the younger players". There was a clear shift in the identity of the team, we went to a back three and people have been warmed by that, not only the young players in this squad, but the young players in the system and the success with the junior teams.
England's players are on their way to Russian Federation for the World Cup.
Ever since England won the World Cup in 1966 and thus set unrealistically high expectations for every squad that proceeded them, the relationship between the media and the England team has grown increasingly toxic. Constantly trying to improve, playing in a style that we've used in the previous year or so and that people have warmed to.
"We hope we can send people to work the following day having enjoyed our matches", said Southgate. Our focus as a team has to be on the bits we can control: constantly trying to improve, playing in a style that we've used in the past year or so, and that people have warmed to.
"We have another week of preparation and a lot of competition for places, as you know", Southgate told reporters on Tuesday upon arrival at Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg. "We want to take this tournament head on".