England will also face Panama (June 24) and Belgium (June 28) in the group stage.
"But we are seeing that this is a team who is enjoying each other's company, getting on well and are very proud to represent their nation".
The last two tournaments - the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 - have been particularly depressing for England's long-suffering fans.
"But I think there was a shift [in public opinion] in November when we brought in some of the younger players".
"The Under-17s World Cup win in particular came at a moment where the profile of our young players was really high". I've always felt you go through spells.
"He's an old head on young shoulders, he does so many good things and he's so consistent", Allardyce said. Sending him out on loan would not be a bad idea for his development, however, losing a player such as this for an entire season would hurt us. That's part of the game.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix
He earned his first Formula One points with a ninth-place finish at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve a year ago . Kimi Raikkonen was sixth ahead of the two Renault cars with Nico Hulkenberg leading home Carlos Sainz Jr.
England are basing themselves near St Petersburg during the World Cup, which starts later this week, and the golfers among Southgate's squad will get the chance to play The Golf Club Dunes, which charges £33 for 18 holes.
"It is about reading the game, I don't want to leave space at the back to get on a counter-attack", he added. So that's big tournaments.
"It's the one competition that everybody dreams of winning".
Southgate has quietly overseen a changing of the guard with England, however, by promoting young players and overlooking the likes of Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart, Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere and he believes that England will travel to Russian Federation having already pressed the reset button with the fans.
"Obviously, I understand you've got the Champions League and Premier League - so many big competitions - but, for me, I don't think it gets much bigger than the World Cup.I would love to win everything with Tottenham but, for me, personally, the World Cup outweighs them all", he said.