From Toulon to Qatar, Gareth Southgate has been on a LONG journey to this World Cup

Gareth Southgate smiled warmly when he was reminded about where the first steps on this remarkable journey began.

In May 2014, Southgate — then England Under 21 head coach — took a squad to the Toulon Tournament for the first time since 2005. It did not get much exposure at the time, with the World Cup in Brazil looming, but it was a significant moment for a generation of young England players.

The then FA chairman Greg Dyke had recently stated that England’s objective was to conquer the footballing world in Qatar. To a degree of amusement, Dyke revealed a clock had been installed at St George’s Park counting down to the date of the first match.

It was a long, digital clock with red numbers, set to strike zero today when the first game was originally due to be played, under the…

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