"Dele (Alli), Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, we have (Jamie) Vardy who scored regularly for his club at a high level in the Premier League, so I think it's important it isn't just one story".
The England midfielder said Emily Webb, England senior team operations coordinator and PA to Southgate, is ready to get him back as quickly as possible - and with the blessing of the England manager.
Self-deprecating humour and honesty have been common features of a reign that has seen Southgate attempt to change England's on-field philosophy and off-field perception.
"But from the set-up we've done, it's pretty clear to see who is probably going to be starting".
- The Official Beer of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will give every adult aged 18 and over a free beer to celebrate if the tournament trophy is brought back to England. Everyone is rooting for the boys out in Russian Federation, and it's important that the fans are recognised for the part they play in the team's success.
Briefly a key man for the Three Lions during his Aston Villa days under Roy Hodgson, injuries and a lack of first-team opportunities at Manchester City left Delph on the outside looking in at global level.
The overall record contrasts markedly with that in England's opening games at European Championships, where in nine appearances they have lost their first game on four occasions and drawn the other five. "I think had we held out to win that game against Russian Federation then things would have turned out very differently for us".
Warm-up win over Nigeria and Costa Rica stretched England's unbeaten run to 10 games, stretching back a year, and including impressive friendly results against the likes of Brazil, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.
"He had faith in me to play me against Malta for my debut and I can only thank him for that and ever since then I have kicked on and done well".
Southgate made some big calls when selecting his 23-man World Cup squad and he is trying to get his players to take more risks on the pitch. "We've got to focus on what might be possible with this team", he said when selecting his squad.