There are widespread concerns surrounding racism on the eve of the World Cup, with the Russian Football Union fined £22,000 by FIFA for racist chanting in a March friendly against France in St Petersburg.
For all his goals that have given club and country optimism for the future, in an England shirt his recent tournament form has been poor.
"It's not something we've had to deal with really - we all get on very well and have come through the ranks together", said Kane.
England national team captain, Harry Kane, believes that their team can achieve the World Cup title in Russian Federation and win their first title since the 1966 World Cup. It's the one competition everybody dreams of winning. First and foremost we will run around and do that aspect of the game.
Can Belgium's Golden Generation deliver on the world's biggest stage? "I would love to win everything with Tottenham, but for me personally the World Cup outweighs them all".
Southgate was speaking as he waved off referee Martin Atkinson from St George's Park ahead of the Premier League referee's charity bike ride to Russian Federation.
It comes after the Three Lions spoke to injured servicemen from the Royal Marines in a bid to put the pressure of the World Cup into perspective.
If England win their group, they will be pitted against the runner-up from Group H. It's not easy to predict who that may be right now, but, according to the world rankings, COLOMBIA are the second best team in that pool, behind Poland but above Senegal and Japan. "I want to score in tournament football and that's what I will try and do", the England captain said.
England's campaign gets underway at the Volgograd Arena in, you guessed it, Volgograd.
"I captained my Sunday League team the Spurs youth team and occasionally wore the armband as vice-captain for Spurs", he said. "I guess it is just something that naturally comes to me".