Southgate described his England team as being inspired by playing at the historic Italian stadium, saluting their ruthlessness in dismantling Ukraine after Kane’s early goal.
After reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia three years ago, Southgate says his players are more experienced to cope with the occasion on Wednesday.
“Teams have to go on a bit of a journey and they have to go through some pain sometimes to be able to progress and, you know we’ve had some great nights over the last four years, but we’ve also had some painful nights,” he said.
“We’ve learned from all of those experiences and that’s definitely helped us prepare for another tournament and prepare for the individual games, where we’re, you know, with the understanding of each other’s, you know the players of how we want to play, and also the recognition that, you know moments like tonight.
“We didn’t want to take a backward step, we wanted to really grasp the opportunity rather than hope that we might win or let fate have a chance to play its part. And I thought the players were decisive and ruthless all night.”
Captain Kane added: “What a great performance in a big big game, there was a lot of pressure on us and expectation and to perform like that was top-drawer. Another clean sheet, four goals, it was a perfect night for us.