Fears of violence and racism ahead of the World Cup, bolstered by memories of clashes between England and Russian Federation fans Marseille during the European Championship in France in 2016, may have put supporters off travel to Russian Federation for the tournament.
Although Croatia are the most hard opponents England will have faced in the tournament, Southgate's words suggest he will continue with his attacking formation and personnel.
The number of signatories to the petition, on the United Kingdom government and Parliament website, means it will be considered for debate in the House of Commons.
"We can feel the energy and the support from home and it's a very special feeling and a privilege for us", Southgate said on Tuesday.
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, said there would be "a lot of happiness around" if England won and a bank holiday would be a "celebration of sport for all".
"I'm rare breed. I'm an Englishman that doesn't drink tea, " he said.
The confidence coursing through Southgate's squad was apparent before tomorrow's World Cup semi-final showdown as his players maintained they have achieved nothing yet and vowed to be bold as they seek to reach Sunday's final.
Pubs, bars, gardens and public parks are preparing to host parties, arranged around the semi-final match against Croatia, which kicks off at 7pm BST. Supporters of team England cheer during a gathering in the city centre.
Lovren, whose nation are into the semi-finals for the first time since 1998, said Croatia could play with freedom. "We hope for a victory".
May will not attend the match because Britain has imposed a diplomatic boycott on Russia after blaming Moscow for the attempted assassination of a former Russian spy in England.
The victor Wednesday advances to Sunday's final against France.
Vida has quietly been one of the standout performers at this World Cup, and Croatia will be relieved he avoided a suspension for a rather ill-advised video published online after the win over Russian Federation.
It was a painful defeat for Belgium, foiled at the semi-final for the second time in their history, as the clock ticks on their so-called "golden generation" of players.
In delirious scenes in Paris, fans let off fire crackers and released smoke flares - and predicted they would win a second World Cup.
But now the team stand just one match away from having the chance to emulate England's World Cup-winning team of 1966.