The England captain, who played in the calamitous 2-1 defeat by Iceland in Euro 2016 and who is yet to score in a major global tournament, says he knows the team needs to win back fans after multiple disappointments.
Southgate usually only tells his players who is starting on the day of the game, but explained to the press that in this case he was making an exception given the importance of the occasion, reported Xinhua news agency.
However, Southgate also made it clear England can't be a one-man team.
Southgate has a young and dynamic group of players but English footballers have rarely looked comfortable in slow, possession-based games.
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"Back at training again but this time there is a difference: Marcus Rashford is out there finally on Russian soil", Matt reported.
"The Premier League is probably the best league in the world and for a lot of our players, the peformances they've reached this season have been phenomenal".
"We always do this as a nation - expectations are low and as soon as we get to the World Cup, everybody gets their enthusiasm going".
Ultimately, results dictate the public mood and England hasn't won a knockout game at any tournament since 2006.
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"The preparation is still the same, we are a team, it is all about the team and everybody sticks together - the manager chooses the best team to face the opponent", he said.
"I think that's helpful that everything's settled", he said. "The World Cup is another step above the Euros".
"With attacking players in particular, if they're going to try things and take people on and be creative, they're going to lose the ball and they're going to make errors. I think he was away at an England camp and he had to fly back to see the birth of his child, he got there 10 minutes before - so hopefully I can do the same".
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Meanwhile, England are favourites to claim an opening victory over Tunisia in Group G, even if the country's recent tournament experience has often undermined the form guide. The pace at which fans emptied the shelves shows just how excited and hopeful supporters are for the FIFA World Cup™ and England's chances in the tournament.