"Chris has got 30 caps, he plays for Manchester United, so I know what he can do". Southgate explained that he can not pick a player who has not appeared regularly for his club, and he is right. I've gone into a rotation policy and I want to stick to that at the moment.
"There are some young players for whom this is a good opportunity". I know what Chris can do.
Spurs midfielder Harry Winks was included after a fine debut in Lithuania, as was Manchester City's Fabian Delph.
"That's only going to build their confidence and benefit us as a country".
However, Southgate offered Wilshere hope, adding: "He is a top player".
However, Southgate has clearly had a change of policy as a lack of regular game time on Merseyside has worked against Oxlade-Chamberlain, whereas the likes of Abraham, Loftus-Cheek and Gomez have benefited from their regular appearances at club level. That's why I think the system suits him well.
One of those defenders is Gomez, who has been predominantly used at full-back for Liverpool, but whom Southgate believes could fit well into a back three. "We are nowhere near the highest scorers [in European qualification] and so we've got to address that, and part of that is being able to build and create chances", Southgate said.