Gareth Southgate has the chance to surprise himself and seal the opportunity of a lifetime
Four games as England manager. Four chances to make his mark. One opportunity, it would seem, to stake his claim to step up from the U21s and become national team coach.
Yet persuading the Football Association of his long-term value during the looming assignments with Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain is one thing. Convincing himself he actually wants the job is quite another.
It is a little over three weeks since Southgate said he did not have the "experience" for the senior England job when asked about events during the summer when the FA had originally come-calling.
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