New England Under-21s captain James Ward-Prowse has set his sights on earning a call-up to the senior side.
"Every boy's dream is it play for England and to reach the senior team would be great. If I keep performing well for country and club hopefully I will be recognised for the first team," he is quoted as saying by PA.
"If I do the job right here the first team will come calling. It is important not to put a time frame on it but focus on the job in hand. Last year I saw a few of the lads push into the first team and that is a real good sign for us as players that there is a pathway for good players to get into the team.
"To get the honour of the armband is a great privilege to me and is something I will cherish. With or without the armband I am always trying to take the lead and be a good communicator and try to lead by example."
Southgate's side face a friendly against USA Under-23s tomorrow night before beginning their Euro 2017 qualifying campaign away to Norway Under-21s.