The England boss has been forced to pick several fringe players and add new caps after a raft of withdrawals from his squad to face Germany and Brazil and he admits he is uncertain when the likes of Danny Drinkwater or Jack Wilshere might be seen in an England shirt again.
West Ham and Swansea are reportedly interested in signing Jack Wilshere who is prepared to leave the Gunners in January in order to boost his chances of making the England squad for the 2018 World Cup.
"Jack played as a number 10 all of last season on loan at Bournemouth", Southgate was quoted as saying by Sky Sports on 9 November.
The England worldwide has returned from a broken leg to make a solid start to the season at the north London club despite finding his first-team opportunities somewhat limited. "That is not the way we are playing".
Wilshere is back to full fitness at Arsenal for the first time in a long time.
Gareth Southgate, who also attempted to call up Chelsea's Danny Drinkwater only to be informed that he was not fit enough to feature, has reiterated that Wilshere must be playing regularly in order to force his way back into the global fold, while also claiming that he is being deployed out of position at no.10 at club level.
"I don't think Jack is a 10".
"I think he is a deeper player but he is not playing deeper".
"I will tell you who, his agent - because that's where newspapers get their stories from". You'd have to ask Arsene [Wenger] why that was. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual.
"But I want to be clear, I really like Jack Wilshere as a player".
As a result, he had recently said: "He said I need more football".
"At the moment I'm concentrating on getting into the Premier League team".