Ruben Loftus-Cheek played down concerns about racism in Russia but admitted the subject has been discussed in England team meetings.
Left-back Danny Rose told his family to stay in the United Kingdom rather than travel to the World Cup because of fears about abuse.
Yet Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek, who spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace, said: “That’s Danny’s choice.
Asked if the issue had been discussed as a group, he added: “Yes, we’ve had a few meetings on it to get a vision as a group, how they think about it and what way to go.”
Loftus-Cheek said preparations for the Three Lions’ opening clash against Tunisia on Monday are well under way.
“We’ve just started to go over tactics; meetings and analysing the first game, I expect there will be a lot more of that in the next couple of days,” he said.
“Any game in the World Cup is a tough game. The atmosphere brings a lot out of both teams. We’re ready for a tough game and an aggressive start from them, so we need to be ready.
Asked if he would like to find out sooner or later, Loftus-Cheek added: “It’s different for different players.
“I’m not too bothered but if I had to choose I’d like to know earlier so you can get your head around it.”
Marcus Rashford trained for the first time since England landed in Russia as all 23 squad members took part on Friday morning.
The 20-year-old Manchester United forward turned in a man-of-the-match performance in England’s final warm-up friendly against Costa Rica but looks set for a place on the bench on Monday.
A number of national newspapers claimed on Thursday evening that Southgate will opt to put Raheem Sterling in support of lead striker Harry Kane, in a side containing nine World Cup debutants.
That would mean starts for the likes of Harry Maguire over Gary Cahill, Jordan Henderson ahead of Eric Dier and Ashley Young at left wing-back.
Regardless of who Southgate selects, the return to training of Rashford – revealed on The ‘Lions’ Den’ show on England’s YouTube channel – is good news for the manager, who has so far avoided any other injury scares and kept the initial 23-man squad he named in mid-May intact.
“Thanks for the messages I’ve been getting,” Rashford posted on Twitter. “Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about #ThreeLions”.