Southgate, who feels the win will bode his young squad well for future challenges, was particularly happy with the contribution of his front three, Sterling (who ended a 27-game wait for an worldwide goal), Rashford and Harry Kane.
England stunned Spain 3-2 in the UEFA Nations League on Monday (Tuesday NZ time), earning payback for their opening loss against La Roja and staying in contention for a spot in the final four.
'It means a lot to me - it's been three years, and it means a lot in a game like this'. "Good pressing, clinical in front of goal and dug in".
'Sterling, Kane, they've been unbelievable in this first half.
England put on their best performance at a major tournament in 28 years by reaching the semi-finals in Russian Federation, with Southgate even speculating that maybe the Premier League chose to begin the 2018/19 campaign so early because they expected the national team to suffer an early exit after years of underachievement.
Manchester City forward Sterling, whose opening goal was his first for England in three years, posted pictures of himself celebrating his two strikes which came either side of a goal from Marcus Rashford.
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The England number one is still learning the game and showed his brashness when criticising the Brazilian stopper after his botched Cruyff turn cost Liverpool a goal against Leicester in August. The World Cup. we all loved it, we had a great summer but privately we were all saying - maybe not publicly - they haven't played anyone. Spain totalled 25 attempts and 70 percent of possession, and blew it.
England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford knows he will have to be at his best tonight to keep Spain's free-scoring forwards at bay.
"It was a lovely feeling", Sterling said. "The quality and bravery were the things that impressed me the most".
Kane controls before looking up and picking out Rashford, below, on the left-hand side.
"We withstood pressure reasonably well and they should all be proud of what they've done".