The 38-year-old broke the stranglehold placed on France Football’s prestigious award by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the previous decade.
Saturday’s draw pitted Southgate’s side against Denmark, Serbia and Slovenia in Germany next summer.
All the talk of Manchester United’s revival under Erik ten Hag has been savagely silenced. This was not a defeat, it was a slap in the face. Whatever improvements they have supposedly made look horribly exaggerated.