"Well, not many England sides have played a World Cup semi-final and a third-v-fourth play-off", Southgate replied testily to the statistic about England's three-match losing run.
To mark the occasion, the Spurs striker wore a special pair of gold boots for the clash with the 2010 world champions.
It's certainly pleasing for United fans to see Spain's new manager place his faith in De Gea.
England struggled after Rashford had been denied by De Gea and the second half would be 31 minutes old before a home player touched the ball inside the Spanish penalty area.
The match was halted for almost five minutes soon after the restart when England defender Shaw went down after a collision with Dani Carvajal and had to be stretchered off the field.
But Spain, featuring only five of the players that started their last-16 World Cup penalty shootout defeat by Russian Federation, stormed back before halftime through Saul Niguez and Rodrigo.
"But even when you press well against them, they have some wonderful players that can wriggle out of problems and play first time out of situations".
Rodrigo celebrates scoring what proved to be Spain's victor against England at Wembley.
So when he came from behind, he chose to bump into Mo Salah's least favourite person - giving him a little shock at first before the two shared an embrace and had a brief chat.
De Gea had been labelled as one of the main culprits for Spain's poor showing in being knocked out by the hosts at the last 16 in Russian Federation as he made just one save in the whole competition.
Having reached the semifinals at Russian Federation 2018 before losing to Croatia in Moscow, England's return to action was an unhappy one, with Spain dominating for large parts of the game before emerging with their first win on English soil since a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford in February 2007.
"But I'm proud of the way we finished the game".