Gareth Southgate’s admission about England’s attacking conundrum this summer

Six into ten won’t go for Gareth Southgate.

The England boss, however, is simply delighted to have so many creative options at his disposal for this summer’s European Championships.

Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount, James Maddison and the resurgent Jesse Lingard are the men most likely to be in the England boss’s thinking.

After so many root and branch reviews following our big tournament heartbreaks, however, Southgate believes his conundrum is proof that the subsequent work put in by clubs has paid off.

“When you have got a choice of some outstanding talent, of course there are big decisions you have to make,” he told Talksport.

“But what is exciting is that for years, we talked about development in English football and asked: ‘Where are the creative players? How do we develop those types of player?’

“We’ve have had root and branch reviews of everything from grassroots football to academy football to everything for decades.

“Now, huge credit to the clubs and to junior football.

"The style and skill level of the kids in some of the cages in the cities and the raw talent – a different type of skill level – of coming through is hugely exciting.”

Southgate paid tribute to the many English youngsters playing their trade abroad – including Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham, Tottenham's Ryan Sessegnon on loan at German club Hoffenheim and Fikayo Tomori, on loan at AC Milan.

The England boss added: “It is a brilliant life experience as much as anything.

“Those boys who are playing at a big club – 80,000 at Dortmund when the fans are in, playing Champions League football.

“When I watch the German League, which I watch a lot now because of Jadon and Jude and Ryan, it is a great league for young players.

“You have the games against the Bayern Munichs and Leipzigs but you also have teams who would not be so competitive in the Premier League so those boys can play a bit more freely and get a few more opportunities. It is almost perfect.

“It is something we lacked in the past. You get to play against players we did not know about. There was always a bit of fear about the unknown.

“If you were playing against Brazil, you never played against those players until you got to a World Cup.

"You never saw them, that's why we got so excited about tuning in to watch them. Now you see them around Europe and play against them in the Champions League – those boys might play against them in league matches.

“We have got Kieran Trippier of course at Atletico Madrid, top of the league.

“Fikayo is on loan at Milan. It is a great loan. He could have gone somewhere in England but he is now at a huge club with matches right at the top of the table.

"People are thinking a bit differently about it.”

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