The tenacious midfielder could add a little urgency to the middle of the team and is agile enough to get around the pitch and apply pressure on the opposition - something which could prove telling. "The match will be hard, against tough opponents, and I hope we have a great game".
Lopetegui claims that England chiefs would be wise to offer Southgate the job on a full-time basis, having guided his nation to two wins and a draw from his three games at the helm thus far.
"I've obviously learned about the role, I've learned about the players and everything that surrounds the global set-up", he said. "I needed to have a think about how I played and what I did, and maybe change a few things - speaking to the people that count, seeking advice".
"Also, for us Spanish players we can only improve by playing in other countries and that is certainly the case in England".
Southgate said the team has "high potential".
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Julen Lopetegui seems to have steadied the ship after the departure of Vicente Del Bosque, who is one of the most successful managers for the national squad, after a string of disappointing results in the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2014 World Cup followed by a similarly lacklustre showing at the Euro 2016. The last two tournaments are a benchmark of where we're at so we can't keep talking about "we're good, we're this, we're that". We don't have players with huge big match experience with their clubs. "I want to see an England team that is fearless in possession of the ball and prepared to take chances, prepared to take risks in one versus one situations, even though I know they won't always succeed in those moments". "The player our fans and organization point to in 5-10 years as a player who played a major role in growing LAFC to be the global brand we aspire to become".
"I read that as "you're on your way son". "Whoever plays it will be a competitive side", Lopetegui said.
Wayne Rooney has been forced to withdraw from the England squad that will face Spain on Tuesday night after he failed to shake off a knee injury.
According to the reports, Southgate's new deal will include a break clause for after the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, and contain a number of performance-based bonuses and incentives for the 46-year-old England Under-21 boss.