The navy-blue, five-buttoned item of men's clothing has so far seen England through the group stages of the World Cup, the last 16, and the quarter-final against Sweden. "How they're still held and revered", he added. At the beginning of working together with the lads and trying to sell them the vision of what's possible, what we're looking to achieve in the long-term.
The organisation said: "In honour of the England boss' new-found football fashionista status, we're inviting supporters to grab a waistcoat (or print one - in England colours of course!) and button up to beat blood cancer".
"The only time we went out was after the first game against Uruguay when we drew 0-0, which wasn't a good start".
"I knew they were going to win, I have faith".
"Looking back on when we first met, I can not escape it, I can not forget", the fans chant.
The domestic press, criticised by some in the past for putting too much pressure on the team and being excessively critical, have been given better than usual access to the players, many of whom have been happy to share their back stories.
Southgate has made bold decisions to cast aside Jack Wilshere, Rooney and Hart among others, and then replaced them with inexperienced players.
Marcus Berg left Russian Federation with his Sweden team on Saturday night, bound for a heroes welcome when they arrive in Stockholm.
But Southgate admits part of his job was to convince England's young players how big playing for their country can be.
"My guys feel like conscript soldiers whose term of service was over just when they were preparing to go into battle".
"I signed kids' napkins in McDonald's in 96 after he missed the penalty, have been shouted at by Colombian fans and got free beers in the Irish bar", Rowe told the BBC. "We'll just have to assess the bodies".
There is no bunting in the cafes or at the supermarket which several members of the team have visited on rest days.