Following England's 2-1 defeat to Spain at Wembley on Saturday, Southgate reflected on his country's struggle to unearth players with Gascoigne's talent and suggested that an increased focus on technical ability at junior level could help to nurture more creative players.
The move represents a gamble by the England manager, whose side will create unwanted history should they lose to the Swiss by becoming the first England team to suffer four successive defeats in 146 years of playing worldwide matches.
Dele Alli must take inspiration from Real Madrid and Spain star Isco if he is to blossom into a star midfielder, says Tony Cascarino. "Harry falls in the category in which we have several players where we have to watch how much they play". "It was a short break with no pre-season and everybody was back earlier than everybody would have expected for club matches, although that is entirely understandable".
Southgate, 48, led England to the World Cup semi-finals this summer, their best performance since 1990. "Everybody has to play a part in that but theclubs own the players and have to do the right thing for themselves". That, however, is the current position for Southgate and, as such, England's attacking midfielders will be Loftus-Cheek, with 33 minutes in two substitute appearances for Chelsea, and Delph, yet to feature at all for Manchester City.
"I think we needed to develop players who could play one and two touch".
"Right from five, six, seven-year-olds, there is more emphasis on being able to handle the ball and play".
"Normally we have not got opposing objectives and the clubs would be holding their breath and hiding behind their sofas watching our teams go out".