Carlo Ancelotti has deployed Jude Bellingham in an advanced midfield role.
Bellingham plays as an advanced No.10, operating behind the two strikers. It has worked perfectly so far, as Bellingham has scored five goals in his first four games for Real Madrid
However, England boss has preferred to use Bellingham in a deeper midfield role.
Southgate explains: “He has had to show a slightly different side because he has played a little higher with [Madrid] losing [Karim] Benzema and his game is suited to forward running and arriving in the box.
“The nice thing from our point of view is that he is scoring more goals which is great.”
Southgate further stated: “He has a huge maturity and good emotional intelligence.
“He has had to go into a dressing room and an interesting dynamic with some world class players he is there to ultimately take their place.
“He will have approached them off the pitch with huge respect and will have gone into the training sessions and the games ready to compete and show what a good player he is.
“He found that balance brilliantly when he first joined us and I have no doubt that is what has happened while he has been [at Madrid].”
The Three Lions fans were perplexed as Southgate deployed Bellingham in a deeper role, and also subbed him off in the second-half, while Jordan Henderson stayed on the pitch.