Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, who equalised for Spain in the first half after Rashford had given England the lead, also won plaudits.
There was an expectation in the 81,000 crowd as the game kicked off following the presentation of the World Cup Golden Boot trophy to Harry Kane by England coach Gareth Southgate.
When England last faced Spain at Wembley in November 2016, during Southgate's four-game run as interim manager after Sam Allardyce's dismissal, it was an altogether different team that lined up for the hosts. We created some good chances against Spain.
England and Spain will meet on Saturday when they kick off their first ever UEFA Nations League campaigns.
England reached their first World Cup semi-final in three decades in Russian Federation, before losing 2-1 to Croatia. Not just losing but being out-played, at times, despite the slender scoreline and the dispute over whether Danny Welbeck's injury-time strike should have stood.