England just doesn’t have the quality of midfielder to compare with players like Paul Pogba or Sergio Busquets which is why Southgate find the right balance to make up for the inferior talent.
Southgate has led England to the semis of the 2018 World Cup and Nations League a year later, plus the final of the Euro 2020.
Southgate's strategy will be analyzed for years to come in a nation still waiting for a first major title since the 1966 World Cup.
Arsenal winger Saka, who had only made five international appearances before the tournament, saw England's final penalty saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Atletico Madrid full-back Trippier replaces Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka in a change that will see England manager Gareth Southgate revert to the five-man defence.
'Bring it home': Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William wish England football team success ahead of Euro final
Prince William, the President of England's Football Association (FA), on Sunday released a video message wishing the squad led by captain Harry Kane the "very best of luck for tonight".
Holding what used to be called the "Impossible Job," Southgate is motivated, not burdened, by the responsibility on Sunday of leading England into its first major soccer final in 55 years.
Southgate, initially appointed on an interim basis, was seen as the squeaky clean role model the Football Association needed after Sam Allardyce was brought down by a newspaper sting.
England came from a goal down before Harry Kane converted the rebound from his missed penalty in extra time to send his team through to a showdown with Italy.
Mass disobedience broke out regarding rules on Covid distancing after beer-fuelled celebrations across English cities long into Wednesday night, in exultant response to the hard-fought victory.
Footage of England fans erupting in celebration around the country filled social media and the victory dominated British television news.
England have never reached the European Championship final and last won a major trophy at the 1966 World Cup.
Since winning the 1966 World Cup, England have reached only four major semi-finals, losing at the 1990 and 2018 World Cups, as well as Euro 1968 and 1996.
England will walk out to a wall of noise at Wembley on Wednesday with the bulk of a crowd of 60,000 willing them on, backed by millions of passionate supporters at home.
England topped their group and beat old foes Germany in the round of 16 before ratcheting up expectations with Saturday's thumping 4-0 quarter-final win against Ukraine in Rome.