When asked to stack up England's most talented players against the likes of Spain's Andres Iniesta, Xavi and David Silva, Southgate said: "The only one in my lifetime is Paul Gascoigne and I'm not sure he was developed, I think he was a effect of a unique talent". In the end we're over the moon to keep a clean sheet...
Eric Dier will captain a side that is likely to include goalkeeper Jack Butland, defenders James Tarkowski, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, midfielders Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Fabian Delph, plus striker Danny Welbeck. Everybody has got to play a part in that but the clubs own the player and they have got to do the right thing for themselves.
"I'm really pleased for him".
"The players certainly had a lot to say to each other when they first got into the dressing room". He's a huge admirer of him. But it is a hard landscape for us. Hopefully a few go back with a few minutes and when they get their opportunity with their club they will be more up to speed'.More news: US President's ex-aide jailed in Russian Federation probe
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"We had a tactical problem to sort out and so many lads playing their first 45 minutes of the season", he added of the first-half display.
Much of the talk in the aftermath of England's loss to Spain last Saturday focused on the lack of a world-class creative midfielder in the hosts' ranks, with Southgate opining afterwards that England have not produced such a player since Paul Gascoigne, who happened to be in attendance at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.
As he said, relaxing the policy after only three weeks of the season is one thing, seven weeks on the sidelines something entirely different. He looked less than assured against the Swiss and Southgate made the point that in English football's second tier "the quality of crossing and the quality of finishing isn't the same as in the Premier League". "So I thought this is a good opportunity to do it". With the League Cup, Europa League or Champions League coming, even the biggest clubs will start to rotate a bit more. We are going to have to assess that each time'.