"It's a young team; the majority of the players will play in the next World Cup with more experience at club level", the Portuguese boss told RT.
Despite the potentially imminent tattoo remarkably Powell is still supporting England.
Stephen Fry was among those to take to Twitter after the match, and his message reflected the thoughts of many.
"I am immensely proud by the way the players have played and we can see by the reaction of the supporters, they felt the same".
Roberto Martinez's side, who were beaten 1-0 by France in the last four, topped Group G ahead of England after an Adnan Januzaj goal settled a low-key encounter in Kaliningrad.
"We, as a team, have made incredible progress and probably got to a stage where at the start of the tournament we would have considered a success".
But the mood was dampened by the heartbreaking extra-time loss to Croatia in midweek, with England now likely to make a low-key return following Saturday's third-place play-off against Belgium.
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"They see a team that leaves everything on the pitch, which they have, and played with style. There is an energy and connection back". Perhaps we had played as well as we could have done.
"Players had run out of steam but that's partly their age - they're still physically maturing. If we have a parade that would have been in one part of the country and we represent the whole country".
"The downside was it took them another eight years to win (the World Cup)".
"There are more commitments on the back of going out of the tournament as well".
Southgate, part of the England team beaten in the semi-finals of Euro 96 when he missed the decisive penalty against Germany, reflected with pride and optimism on Russian Federation 2018. We have raised expectation and I don't have a problem with that because we have also raised belief in the players. You can't put it into words.
Belgium has never finished better than fourth at the World Cup. He has been a little bit frustrated not to score, but it doesn't matter when we win.