That approach extends to focusing on the England shirt rather than acquiring another, no matter how much of a special keepsake the jersey of Neymar or his Brazilian team-mates may be.
Neymar made a world record breaking £200m transfer from Barcelona to Ligue 1 giants, PSG in August and Southgate believes he is the one player who can demand that price tag.
Jordan Pickford, Joe Gomez and man-of-the-match Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressed their boss on a night when the youngsters showed more in one match "than you might see in many more games from other players".
Gomez came off the bench in Friday's 0-0 draw with Germany, replacing the crocked Phil Jones after 25 minutes.
In his first European test as Brazil coach, Tite was surprised at the English defensive discipline and mental strength.
This season, he has made 12 appearances in which he has grabbed one assist and helped the Reds achieve four clean sheets.
"It is a base to work from".
Their friendlies under Tite have come against Argentina and Colombia - CONMEBOL neighbours - and Australia and Japan who - with all due respect - any aspiring World Cup contenders should be looking to beat.
"The Brazilians never put a tackle in, but maybe they were shocked", Barnes recalled.
Now, the 20-year-old is aiming to maintain the same lofty standards on a consistent basis in the hope it leads to further international opportunities in the future.
There was also a scare for star striker Sergio Aguero, who was taken to hospital for a check-up after fainting during the half-time break.
"I thought the defensive backline were phenomenal", Hart told ITV.
The England boss will spend the winter months in good spirits as he continues his preparations for next year's World Cup.
The hosts spent most of the match watching the ball being pinged around, although for all Brazil's intricate patterns the visitors were disappointing in the final third of the pitch where Neymar and Jesus barely had a sight of goal.