Southgate knows just how heavy the Three Lions' shirt can weigh, having won 57 caps and, most pertinently, missed the penalty that saw them exit Euro 96 in the semi-finals. We are in an era where it must be hard for fans to relate to players because of what they earn.
Harry Maguire, Michael Keane, Harry Winks, Kieran Trippier and Jesse Lingard are among the understudies who could feature against Lithuania.
The reality is we are underdogs at the moment, aren't we? "Go ask the Dutch team".
The 24-year-old left it late at Wembley - scoring in stoppage time - but he was unconcerned by the nature of England's progression.
"Of course I want to play every game".
Christian Atsu ruled out of Uganda showdown through injury
His clubmate Jonathan Mensah, another senior player, could not travel to Kenya to join the team after picking up an ankle injury. With several senior players absent for the Group E clash, Kwesi Appiah could chose him as the leader on the pitch.
"It is a results business but the way I want to play is to entertain as well. September was fantastic for me, hopefully October can be even better", he said.
In response, Southgate urged for the public's patience with a young side.
Former England worldwide Chris Waddle, commentating on the Slovenia match for BBC 5 Live, said: "I can't think of anything to say, it's that bad". Things may change by the time the squad is officially announced, but this lad is one of few who can makes things happen in a football match - something we were crying out for against Slovenia. Marcus Rashford, England's brightest player against Slovenia, would struggle to find a place, but ultimately he doesn't look entirely comfortable out wide and probably will be a backup to Kane regardless of the system.
Lithuania also have no new injury concerns after their 1-1 draw in Malta on Thursday.
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Joachim Low's men have secured their spot in Russian Federation next year by winning all their nine qualifiers. "It was hard for the crowd - we appreciate them coming - but the game was hard".