David Beckham admitted any personal glory was outweighed by England's 2-0 defeat in Spain.
The midfielder came on as a half-time substitute to equal Bobby Moore's record of 108 caps for an outfield player, but he could do little as goals in each half from David Villa and Fernando Llorente gave the hosts a merited victory in Seville.
"I think I've always said it's an honour to be up there with the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton and Bobby Moore, but the more important thing is the game and we lost tonight, so I'm disappointed,'' he told ITV1. "But of course I'm honoured.
"I've always worked hard at my game and it's what I enjoy doing, and I've had some great managers along the way. I'm enjoying my football and I hope it continues.
"Every time I play for the country I'm very proud but tonight on 108 caps, to be with Bobby Moore, is something very special.''
The 33-year-old was booked in the dying moments for dissent but he added: "Why would you want to focus on that rather than the 108 caps?''
Beckham admitted Spain deserved their win.
"They're always going to bring pressure and keep the ball well,'' he added. "They got two good goals, and overall maybe they deserved the win, but we'll move on.''
Fabio Capello does not feel it was a night for celebration even though he learned some valuable lessons against the Euro 2008 winners.
"I think he will be disappointed that he got the record but we lost,'' said Capello. "I would have been more happy if we had won but I am happy for him.''
Although he made a positive contribution, Beckham also picked up a yellow card for dissent after Glen Johnson had been penalised for a foul.
The 33-year-old continued his protests, although he at least managed to avoid further punishment. Beckham's frustration was easy enough to understand. Although they played well in patches, England were beaten by a better side.
In Xavi, the hosts boasted the best player on the pitch and had plenty of others as back up.
"Spain play with the same style and the same players that won Euro 2008,'' reflected Capello. "They play very naturally because they know each other so well. It is almost as though they are playing from memory.
"They wait when they have got possession and they punish you as soon as you make a mistake. Without doubt they are one of the teams who could win the World Cup.''
Capello now has six weeks before his side get together again for a friendly with Slovakia on March 28 before the crucial World Cup qualifier against the Ukraine at Wembley four days later.
"I am not happy because we lost but I understand a lot for the future,'' said the Italian.
"I understand about the movement of the players and I understand what we are like when we play against a team with Spain's style. This is very important.
"We can play the same style but we have to play to the style of the players we have got at this time.''
Although Gareth Barry and Michael Carrick failed to match the performance they produced against Germany last November, Capello recognises Spain are a class apart at present.
And he feels Barry and Carrick, plus Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, who was missing through injury, need to emulate the Spanish engine room.
"Spain has one of the best midfields in the world,'' said Capello. "They are very good at keeping possession and at the same time they move the ball around. They created chances tonight but so did we.
"The main thing is I picked a few things up for the next game when we are playing for World Cup qualification.''