But Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia and Lithuania hardly posed a serious threat to England and Southgate, who took over from Sam Allardyce early in the campaign, knows the acid test of his ability - still in question for some - will come in Russian Federation.
But it was from the resulting corner that England took the lead, Cahill leaping to powerfully head home Trippier's outswinging delivery.
England has beaten Nigeria 2-1 at Wembley in their penultimate match before their 2018 World Cup campaign gets underway.
Nigeria scored early in the second half in part thanks to England dropping back, and Wright said that was a "worrying" sign heading into the finals in Russian Federation.
The Super Eagles began the second half with four substitutes that saw the introduction ofd Tyrone Ebuehi, John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo and Kelechi Iheanacho, and that brought a lot of spark to the Nigerian side. Alex Iwobi pulled one back for The Super Eagles who had a woeful first half before recovering in the second half.
The 18-year-old Owen scored what many regard to be England's greatest World Cup goal in their ill-fated last-16 tie when he surged past Argentina defenders Jose Chamot and Roberto Ayala before unleashing an unstoppable angled drive beyond Carlos Roa.
"The atmosphere is going to be great and we hope to enjoy it and possibly win the game", he said. And it is not as if England were at their dazzling best.
"Tomorrow, we would play a big team like England, it is an important game for us".
He's also found himself back in Southgate's England squad, although there is plenty of competition for places at the back, with Harry Maguire also an option for the Three Lions.
Gary Cahill had probably his worst season since joining Chelsea in 2017/18.
England will face Nigeria at Wembley on June 2 before playing Costa Rica at Elland Road five days later ahead of the departure to their World Cup base in Repino, near St Petersburg, on June 12.