Southgate can now start planning in earnest for the tournament in Russian Federation - the Football Association last night announced Wembley friendlies against Germany and Brazil in November - although the 47-year-old admits there is plenty of scope for betterment.
"I think in football, you never know, and you never rule out anything".
"We've got the players, we've got the capabilities".
"Are we are going to become Spain in the next eight months?"
"We want the crowd to be excited with what they're watching, and he's a player who can do that". "We kept passing the ball, we didn't get frustrated and it went right to the end".
Rudy and Wagner's glorious first-half strikes had their place all but wrapped up before Kimmich scored late on to extend Germany's remarkable unbeaten away record to 47 World Cup qualifiers dating back to 1934. So how did we get that happening?
However, Mevlja found himself in the book too shortly afterwards as he was handed the same punishment for a stoppage time foul on Marcus Rashford.
Scotland's hopes of reaching Russian Federation remain alive after a late victor gave them a 1-0 victory over 10-man Slovakia. "In the last ten minutes they were getting exhausted and we created a few opportunities and I was happy to finally put one in the back of the net in the end". He's a player who can do that.
After that we'd need Scotland to lose or draw with Slovenia on Tuesday.
The match is scheduled to go on as planned, but many fans may still not be able to make it there.
"This team has potential but we have a hell of a lot of work to do", said Southgate. "But we have got goalscorers. I don't think having an armband on your arm makes any difference to how you play or if you score goals or not".
England square up with Slovenia in the Fifa World Cup qualifying outing at Wembley Stadium on Thursday.