"We knew today, the way that Spain press, you have to get the first couple of passes out of that press spot on".
Sergio Ramos scored a brilliant header in stoppage time, but it proved the final touch of the game as England came out 3-2 winners in the UEFA Nations League clash.
Yet Sterling, Southgate revealed, had been "straight over" to England's new kid on the block to embrace. "The normal thing would have been to kill them, but I was wonderful with them".
'We said before it's like watching a different player but the wide players are playing very narrow and I think that has helped tonight. He took up some really unsafe pockets of play and got turned and running at the defence.
It was the first time Spain had ever conceded three goals in a competitive fixture at home and the kind of result, Southgate noted, that would attract attention throughout the football world. So we needed to be courageous with the ball.
As posts made on the 28-year-old's Instagram make clear, Henderson watched the game alongside fans in Real Betis' Estadio Benito Villamarín.
"I don't really understand why our league started so early, but it did". "Maybe they were expecting us to be back by the end of June".
Jones, who won the FA Cup in 1989 and starred in Steven Seagal's Absolution in 2015, said on talkSPORT his colleagues will be exhausted of his troubles in front of goal.
However, Spain did get themselves back into the game just before the hour-mark, with in-form Borussia Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer glancing home from a corner.