De Gea was subject to vociferous attacks by sections of the public and the media for his performances with Spain in Russian Federation at the World Cup 2018.
While England had an impressive summer campaign at the World Cup, defying all expectations to reach the semi-finals over in Russian Federation, they did so with a relatively young and inexperienced side.
Southgate, though, is not concerned by the prospect of an unwelcome record and intends to make several changes to his line-up in order to give some fringe players game time.
"I hope we can give an improved image tomorrow and limit Croatia".
"Arthur articulates the game and is positional, re-programming passes", the coach said after the match.
"He'll stay with us overnight for further observation, with another update to come in the morning". We can either go back to our old style and we'll never be a top team, or we can keep trying to do what we do and suffer at times.
I think what is happening at junior level is that there is more emphasis on technical ability, there is more, right from five, six, seven-year-olds, there is more emphasis on being able to handle the ball and play.
"It takes time. We've come a long way in a short space of time and today was as tough a test as you could have against a team that presses like that and are so good in possession".
"In the second half we knew how to cope under pressure and that's an important thing for us, that we stuck together in tough moments like in the second half".
England then lost Shaw early in the second half after a collision with Dani Carvajal that left the Manchester United defender requiring lengthy treatment on the pitch before being carried off on a stretcher. Of that type of player, they've produced more than any other team in the world.
"Xavi and Iniesta are the history of our national team, they made us the best in the world", said Saul.
When asked whether Welbeck's goal should after he was penalised for a foul on Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, Kane told Sky Sports: "100 per cent. I am under contract, I have two years, you know that leads to a European Championship, which we have games at Wembley [in] which is going to be a brilliant experience", Southgate said.