Chelsea midfielder Fabregas has won one World Cup and two European Championships with the Spanish national team.
"Let us say this openly, they are better than us in many ways, " he said.
Sergei Ignashevich scored La Roja's 99th goal in World Cup history with an untidy own goal as he wrestled with Sergio Ramos when attempting to defend a free-kick.
England know their opponents in the last-16 after Colombia topped Group H. The South Americans reached the quarter-finals last time out and are clearly stronger than Japan, who came second in the group.
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid follow just behind with 18 and 13, respectively, and the first Spaniard to ever find the net at a World Cup was none other than Athletic Club's Alejandro Irarragorri in 1934, the nation's debut appearance.
De Gea started in goal, however, and while there was little he could do with the penalty that drew Russian Federation level shortly before half-time, his performance still received plenty of criticism.
This World Cup has sprung some major shocks and we can definitely expect a few more along the way over the next two weeks.
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It has been confirmed that legendary midfielder Andres Iniesta has retired from Spanish global duty.
"This was my last game for Spain", Iniesta told reporters.
The result saw Moscow go into meltdown with tens of thousands of fans in the capital's Federation Internationale de Football Association fan fest crowding around several huge screens as they witnessed what many had believed was unthinkable before the match.
Russian fans believe they can win the World Cup thanks to manager Stanislav Cherchesov - but it is not just his tactics proving to be inspirational.
On a central Moscow square, a street orchestra erupted in a rendition of the Russian anthem as passing cars tooted their horns and men staggered out of a nearby bar waving Russian flags. "We left our soul in the pitch".
"Incredible. The last 10 minutes of the match I lost 10 years of my life but in the end, we are through to the quarterfinal".
Russian fans are daring to dream their team could win the World Cup.