The amount of talent England have under 23 years old is astonishing, and whilst only time will tell if it beats the 'Golden Generation' in terms of ability, it certainly has triumphed in regards to more depth.
In the last few seasons, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold has cemented himself as one of the best young players in Europe and arguably the best right-back around and he is helping to redefine what is expected of the modern full-back. The 22-year-old still has his best years ahead of him and will only continue to improve, having provided 13 assists in Liverpool’s title-winning season.
The next two that will surely cement themselves as England regulars are Manchester pair, Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden. United’s Greenwood burst onto the scene last season and has already appeared for his country. City’s Foden has been instrumental in guiding his boyhood club to the top of the league this season and has filled the void left by club legend David Silva
Another under 23 talent for Southgate’s consideration is Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, who has scored more goals than any other teenager in the Premier League this season, off the back of 11 assists in 2019/20. The 19-year-old has emerged as a key player for Mikel Arteta and his versatility will only benefit him going forward.
Then there are the likes of Jadon Sancho, who continues to fly the flag in the Bundesliga with 44 goals and 59 assists in 128 Borussia Dortmund appearances. At the same time, sticking with those under 23, Gareth Southgate has a plethora of talent in midfield as well with the likes of Mason Mount and Declan Rice both arguably outperforming everyone at their respective clubs this season, whilst Jude Bellingham, like Sancho, continues to impress with Dortmund at 17, just as Curtis Jones carries on as an important figure for Liverpool's future at 20.
It is also pretty easy to forget just how young some of England's talented youngsters are, as they've already been around for so long, with the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi still just 20, whilst Ryan Sessegnon is too, just as the likes of Reece James edge closer to 22.
On the other hand, at the age of 23, England boast a frightening amount of ready-to-go talent. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tammy Abraham, Ben Godfrey, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Dean Henderson, Harvey Barnes and Marcus Rashford are all at this age, whilst even the likes of James Maddison, Luke Shaw, Jack Grealish and Ben Chilwell are all under the age of 25.