Southgate claims he is still to decide on "two or three" of the starting places in the side that will face Tunisia, and Henderson's head-to-head battle with fellow defensive midfielder Eric Dier is one of the issues that is still to be resolved.
At the back too, players are forcing Southgate to think again about his starting line-up.The wing-backs in particular were excellent against Costa Rica, with Danny Rose and debutant Trent Alexander-Arnold showing that they've got the defensive nous and attacking flair to make an impact in Russian Federation.
"The way that I play the game I was getting picked out more with passes and I just felt more comfortable at England".
And for the first time since May 2016, an England home game had an atmosphere!
"Why would I limit what they feel is possible?" It has been a hard season, but I feel like I will be stronger for it. "He is a fighter, he is dynamic, he's so good, but he has to improve that".
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With talisman Cristiano Ronaldo back in the side, Portugal strolled to a 3-0 win over Algeria in a World Cup warm-up match in Lisbon on Thursday.
That has created a new atmosphere around the England squad, according to Welbeck, and they are relishing the chance to impress on the global stage.
"So, if I look at the three weeks we've had, I couldn't be happier with the preparation: physically, tactically and in the togetherness of the group". "It will always be there because it hurts so much. His communication with the players is one of his greatest strengths - he never messes you around, so you know where you stand and that's been the case since he called me to say I wouldn't be in the 23". So think it can help.
The friendly was played just 11 days before the Three Lions' opening World Cup match in Russian Federation against Tunisia.
Southgate's squad then play Panama on June 24 before facing Belgium in their final Group G game on June 28. Instead, the England manager plumped for a player lacking starts and another that only kicked on in the position in his thirties.
"But I have a good record scoring goals for England".
"You can see that a lot of the lads are confident".