Southgate sees U21 positives
Gareth Southgate refused to get carried away after England's U21 victory over Lithuania, but does see plenty of positives.
It has taken the Young Lions a few games to hit their stride under a new coaching regime, but everything has started to click in their Euro 2015 qualifying campaign.
A 5-0 mauling of Lithuania on Tuesday saw them take another step in the right direction, with West Ham United's in-form midfielder Ravel Morrison starring in only his second U21 outing as he bagged a brace.
Southgate concedes that there were some impressive individual performances put in by his side, but prefers to look at the bigger picture and the progress which has been made in a short space of time.
He said: "Before the game we spoke about the quality of individuals that we've got, but we can't just rely on individuals to win us matches.
"Similarly, our creative players can't stand up front, wait for the ball and not track back. They did both sides of the game, which was really pleasing. That is what creates the team.
"Within this programme of U21s, there is always a lot of focus on individuals because we are looking at who can progress.
"But the best chance for all of them to progress is to be successful as a team - that is a really strong message for us as a group of staff and players.
"The word talent is banned, it is still potential. There is still a lot to do."
On the Lithuania success, which keeps England top of Group 1, Southgate added: "We were lovely to watch and I am proud to be in charge of a group of players that can perform like that.
"We have threatened to get a result like that in a couple of our other matches and tonight we were a bit more ruthless in front of goal.
"I was delighted to see how enjoyable it was to watch. We know there is a great potential amongst the squad of players.
"What we've got to do is mould them into a team and that is starting to come."