With England set for an all-Premier League final between Manchester City and Chelsea, we could get a real glimpse of the future of the national team of one of Italy’s big rivals, with a bounty of talented youngsters set to feature.
Saturday’s Champions League final will no doubt see some of the club best young players feature such as Phil Foden for Manchester City, as well as Mason Mount, Reece James, and Ben Chilwell for Chelsea.
As well as those four, you also have seasoned international Kyle Walker for City who could also feature during the final.
Games such as these can do wonders for a players confidence and growth, as well as help develop that winning mentality that is needed on the international stage.
With so many of the young England hopefuls set to feature, Southgate has no doubt given them a chance to confirm why they deserve a spot no matter which team wins.
It will be a fantastic final, showcasing just what some of England may have to offer at this year’s Euros, where a knockout tie with Italy could beckon.
The Champions League has always been a trophy that has eluded City, and the last decade has eclipsed to this very moment for the club and their players.
Foundations had been built by the likes of Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Joe Hart, and Sergio Aguero – now the likes of Foden have the chance to complete that legacy for the club.
Southgate will 110% be watching from the stands on Saturday and will be hoping to be impressed by the Englishman on display.
One thing that likely won’t happen is the omission of any of the English players for both of these clubs, but his decision to hold off on his announcement is likely to see those fine margins and get a full understanding of what he wants to see over the next few weeks.