In midfield, another promising product of the Chelsea academy, Mason Mount has overtaken his international teammate Ross Barkley at club level to break into the England senior squad.
James Maddison’s wait for a first cap has been prolonged by an illness that forced him to withdraw from the squad on Thursday morning.
– Firepower –
However, his time will come as one of the stars of Leicester’s early rise to challengers for a Champions League place in the Premier League this season.
Four more qualifiers over the next two months with little on the line just as the Premier League season is getting up to speed may signal a lull for supporters.
But for Southgate there are precious few opportunities left to mould the right 23-man squad that despite their tender age will have great expectations placed on their shoulders next summer.
England have fallen short at the semi-finals of the World Cup and Nations League over the past year.
Now blessed with such firepower and home advantage for the majority of Euro 2020 should they go all the way, the demands are higher.