"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 acid test will come in Russian Federation in the next month, but Southgate reckons people are right to feel optimistic about England's chances of success.
"Personally, that (scoring) record is something I want to change, and hopefully will this summer", said Kane.
Underscoring the importance of the tournament, Kane said that there are many big tournaments like Champions League and Premier League, but nothing is bigger than the World Cup for him.
The course is actually only a three-hole course, so the mathematicians among the England squad will realise they'll need to play the loop six times.
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has explained that England's inadequate preparation ahead of their round of 16 clash against debutant Iceland at the 2016 European Championship in France led to their shock exit in the hands of the minnows.
"So we thought, two games on the timeline was good, then a game internally where we're still working on things but a bit more a physical assessment as well than just a normal training session".
Kane, 24, is the youngest player to be named captain of an English team for a World Cup tournament.
Ever since England won the World Cup in 1966 and thus set unrealistically high expectations for every squad that proceeded them, the relationship between the media and the England team has grown increasingly toxic.
We've selected players who can use the ball and the level of training is incredibly high at the moment, I have to say.
"I think a lot has been said about staying in cliques and teams staying in teams, but I've not seen that at all here". We are just trying to improve every day we work together.