"The only one in my lifetime is Paul Gascoigne and I'm not sure he was developed, I think he was a effect of a unique talent", Southgate said, reflecting on the gulf between Spain and his England squad after that defeat.
Luis Enrique knows all about taking on a talented team that has performed well below its level, having lifted Barcelona from their post-Pep Guardiola slump to become Champions League winners again, so managing Spain will not faze the 48-year-old.
The singer and Spain X Factor judge has been going out with De Gea for six years and has constantly supported him in public, particularly on social media.
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Southgate said: "Harry will not play".
"You have an idea of what you expect from someone and after the training session he shows you that he's something else", Enrique said.
"But I'm proud of the way we finished the game".
"I didn't know Luis Enrique personally before now, but the first contact has been positive regardless of the speculation that may have existed", he said in a press conference. I don't even think I touched David.More news: Trump Ready to Tax an Additional $267B in Chinese Imports
"He can collect the ball close to the defenders and give it to Philippe Coutinho or Neymar". They're still not an incredibly free-flowing team and this friendly has all the hallmarks of being a tight, cagey affair decided by one or two individual moments.
England are now on a run of three consecutive losses, and a fourth against Switzerland would be the nation's worst ever run of defeats. "We want to test ourselves against the best and certainly we put up a fight [against Spain]".
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"But I think we have got to keep faith in the way we're trying to play, otherwise we go back to what we did historically and there's no way I believe we'll ever be a top team if we do that".