Iker Casillas has confessed that Spain’s 1-0 friendly defeat by England overshadowed his personal achievement of matching Andoni Zubizarreta’s record of 126 appearances for La Roja.
The Real Madrid goalkeeper, who made his debut for the national team in 2000, did not feel the result at Wembley was a fair one and is already looking forward to their next friendly encounter against Costa Rica.
"It is a shame we didn't manage to win," the 30-year-old said. "It leaves a bitter taste because, in my personal opinion, it was not the right result.
"We created a few more chances than England, who showed their strength at a dead-ball situation and managed to convert something. Other than that, I can't really think that they created anything else throughout the game.
England only got near our goal with one chance from the free-kick. We dominated the game to a great degree.
"As for the record, it is not something I have ever really thought or spoken about. I suppose if I retired tomorrow I would realise I had been very fortunate. But at the moment all I am concerned about is playing Costa Rica on Tuesday."
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque was in complete agreement with his goalkeeper but felt that the reigning FIFA World Cup™ holders could still take something from their determined showing.
"England only got near our goal with one chance from the free-kick. We dominated the game to a great degree. I'm a bit disappointed and almost angry that we didn't manage to win but I'm also pleased with the performance that we managed to put in," he said.
"England defended very, very deep from the outset, they had a lot of men behind the ball at all times. We had lots and lots of possession of the ball and when England did manage to launch a counter-attack we were on top of that. We just lacked that skilful defining moment which on other nights has happened."
Lampard: 'This is a lift'
While victory against the world champions will come as a major boost for the Three Lions as they look towards UEFA EURO 2012, midfielder and captain on the day Frank Lampard accepted there is still much work to be done.
"For everyone it is a lift, but we have to be realistic. We know they dominated the game for long periods," the match-winner admitted in an interview with ITV. "We won't be shouting from the rooftops. We understand football. We are not quite where we want to be just yet, but to beat a side like Spain is something we can definitely build upon."