Then make the team as good as we possibly can and that's what I intend to do. But for some unknown reason at major tournaments we never really play to our full capability. We want to learn from the game and don't want to waste that opportunity'.
"At the moment they just need the chance to grow".
Germany will be without influential midfielder Toni Kroos, who has a rib injury, for their final World Cup qualifying match against Azerbaijan at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern today.
"We're in a position where there's no way we would dismiss any creative player", said Southgate, whose side conclude their qualifying campaign away to Lithuania on Sunday.
"I've seen Bobby Robson get to a World Cup semi-final and was hammered up probably until the quarter-final stage". He can put the ball through the eye of a needle in the tight matches we'll encounter in Russian Federation.
While this did not feel like a particularly positive occasion, Southgate deserves credit for taking the reins in hard circumstances following Sam Allardyce's exit and steering England to the World Cup with a game to spare. Azerbaijan, who have won only three of their nine games and lie fifth in the group, are not expected to cause them any problems.
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Alli is available after serving a one-match suspension and is set to start in Lithuania as England look to give the nation some cause for optimism ahead of next summer's World Cup, following a series of drab performances.
The 24-year-old left it late at Wembley - scoring in stoppage time - but he was unconcerned by the nature of England's progression.
"We should enjoy this".
"We've qualified with a game in hand and we kind of take qualification for granted now", he said.
The world's biggest football tournament, the FIFA World Cup, kicks off next year in Russian Federation. I'm delighted, the team are delighted.
Slovenia had chances themselves and could even have won the game had Joe Hart not made a fearless double save late on.