Brendan Rodgers has backed James Maddison as a 'huge talent' destined for senior England caps as long as he continues to improve his game.
called up Maddison for the October matches against Croatia and Spain
, although he did not get on the pitch, and injury kept the Leicester midfielder out of November's camp.
Maddison is with the England Under-21s this time and he is enjoying a majorly promising campaign, having created the joint-most chances across Europe's top five leagues. He is level on 81 with Alejandro Gomez and Memphis Depay, five ahead of Lionel Messi
Rodgers can understand why Southgate looked elsewhere for next week's internationals but believes further recognition is only a matter of time.
'They have a whole raft of good players but I have no doubt he will improve as a player,' said Rodgers
'He has the last pass you don't see a lot of midfield players. He is a huge talent and he can play forward very quickly because he has vision in his game.
'We want to add intensity and goalscoring to help him. He is a wonderful player and he has made great strides.
'I saw him as Aberdeen on loan and he was a talent. I see a lot of potential and he is willing to work on his game.
'It will come in time and he needs to concentrate on being the best he can for Leicester and that (senior international honours) will come in the coming years.'
Rodgers also said he will be involved in the appointment of Leicester's next head of recruitment, after the departure of Eduardo Macia to Bordeaux.
Leicester have confirmed news reported by Sportsmail previously that Macia asked to leave for a new challenge and his final day is Friday.
Lee Congerton, who does the same role at Celtic, is a contender to come to the King Power Stadium and he has a strong relationship with Rodgers, who said: 'I'm sure there'll be a number of candidates who could help us make the next step. I will be involved. It will be a club appointment but it is important the manager is involved.
'When I first came in, this was something that I was made aware, pre-Christmas Eduardo was going to move on. He wants a fresh challenge but is a really good guy. The club will go through process of finding a replacement.'