The former midfielder, who made over 1000 appearances and won 28 major honours for club and country, is currently enjoying a successful stint as manager of Al-Sadd in Qatar. And the Spaniard admitted he was impressed by several performers for England at Euro 2020.
"I have also been hugely impressed by the two midfielders, Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips," Xavi said in an interview with The Times. "I did not know them that well, but they were superb."
Xavi also described Manchester City star Phil Foden as an "unreal talent" and admitted he was hoping to see more of him at the European Championship. "I think he is an unreal talent for a lot of reasons," Xavi added. "He has an amazing work rate, but also his decision-making is ace. He's strong, quick, has a sense of goal, great passer and shooter... There's everything in the pack.
"I would have loved to see more game time for Foden. When you have this number of talented players, all I can think of is putting them on the pitch. I understand it's very tough to make changes with the squad Southgate had. There were a lot of options in his hands and only eleven could play. But it's a pity to see so many special talents with not much playing time."
Xavi was also impressed by City's new signing, Jack Grealish, and said: "He was another player who excited me. His quality is immense."