'The character and excitement isn't there from when they play at their clubs'.
One player who would be starting for England no matter what is Harry Kane, who has shown he's easily one of the best forwards in the country, possibly the world, and has goal scoring records to match up with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi this season.
Tottenham know the attraction of moving to the Spanish capital is something their best players will find hard to resist, particularly with the wages offered smashing the north London club's wage structure.
Alli starts for England's final qualifier against Lithuania this evening - despite having already qualified for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation - although Southgate has named Lallana as his best player.
A strong set of performances there, on the back of Tottenham making the knockout rounds of this season's Champions League may make that happen.
"Players like Dele Alli and Rashford are exciting but something is missing when they wear the England shirt".
"I go to games and I look at one person and how he plays, so you see the different attributes". The England global, who has 33 caps, scored twice in last year's qualifiers against Slovakia and Scotland.
It's vital for England to keep Kane happy and injury free for him to lead the line, if they want to get to the latter stages of the tournament.
Southgate has understood that he needs to get the most out of the 21-year-old, the England manager keen for the youngster to link up with teammate Kane at club level.
Garath Southgate was spotted having a feel of the plastic grass as he prepared his squad for the added challenge of playing on the artificial surface for the first time.
Alli received a suspension for a middle-finger gesture against Slovakia, and was also chastised for diving during Spurs' win over Huddersfield last weekend. He's a more instinctive type of person.