Somebody will, however, have to top Group G and drop into the top half of the Russian Federation 2018 draw alongside the likes of France, Argentina, Uruguay, Portugal, Brazil and Mexico.
Expect drama and entertainment aplenty after impressive displays from both teams so far.
England face Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday with both teams having already secured a place in the round of 16, but Southgate admits that Germany's fate is a timely reminder of what can happen if anything is taken for granted.
This will be the third meeting between the two sides at the World Cup.
FIFA's Code of Conduct says that a team must always play to win.
In another exciting clash of FIFA World Cup 2018, England will take on Belgium on Thursday, June 28, at Kaliningrad Stadium of Oktyabrsky Island in Russian Federation.
"We want to win the game, that would mean we would top the group, and we play who we play in the next round", Southgate added.
England impressed in their opening two World Cup games, beating Tunisia 2-1 in Volgograd and thumping Panama 6-1 in Nizhny Novgorod. If I don't get cautioned now and get one Tuesday, I'll miss the big derby on the Saturday. The Belgium coach is taking this game very seriously, but he intends to make the most of his team's early qualification by giving a few starters a breather and allowing his fringe players more time on the pitch.
"At the moment we are qualified and I think that was the priority that we were chasing for", he said. "We want to win".
"We need to keep winning football matches and we want to breed a mentality that everybody in our squad wants to constantly win", said the manager, who has created a relaxed atmosphere for his young charges. I don't think it would be professional for us to risk those players missing a knockout game. We were watching Argentina last night, Portugal and Spain the evening before, and one decision at one end of the pitch, and a decision within two minutes. the situation in the group changed completely.
Gareth Southgate may also make a lot of changes (Picture: Getty Images)What are the odds? The English bosses could give a rest to yellow card holder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kyle Walker and try other legs that have not got the chance to play in the world cup so far.