“When I played with England we had a couple of managers who I felt allowed us to be as good as we might be,” he said. “A couple you sensed were more worried about you making mistakes. That puts doubt in the players’ minds.
“These guys have huge talent and huge potential, and I want them to go and fulfil that. There’s enough surrounding any game that puts doubt in your mind. We have to focus on what they do every day to transfer it out on to the field.”
Southgate, who has only committed to being in charge for the next four internationals, has one worry, however, after Gary Cahill withdrew from training yesterday due to illness.
With fellow centre-back Phil Jagielka already having headed home with injury, he will assess the Chelsea defender’s condition this morning before deciding whether to call up cover for the game in Slovenia on Tuesday.