After England gave up a tying goal to Brazil in first-half stoppage time in the 2002 Soccer World Cup quarter-finals, Southgate felt coach Sven-Goran Eriksson lacked inspirational oratory in the locker room at half-time.
Last weekend, a photograph of Southgate en route to a pre-season boot camp in Catterick in the early 1990s reemerged on Twitter which goes some way to describing his methods as a manager.
Southgate praised his players for their diligence and commitment ahead of a game that he believes his players approach as well prepared as possible.
But the odds on Southgate receiving a knighthood are sure to shorten further if England reach the World Cup final.
"But we didn't know all that over there, we'd never experienced it".
England fans are being urged to dig out their old waistcoats for the World Cup semi-final on "Waistcoat Wednesday" in honour of newly-appointed national treasure Gareth Southgate.
"Most of them weren't born when a lot of the stories we're talking about happened, so why as a coach would I try and put that at their door?"
He wrote, after England's latest success: "If this carries on Gareth Southgate could save Marks & Spencer #Waistcoat".
"Being both British and Swedish, we were on the edge of our seats during the game and we would like to say 'Grattis!' (that's congratulations in Swedish) to the England team for getting through to the semi-finals".
"I only played for three clubs, I have a real affinity with all three, but England has been the biggest part of my life really".
Southgate is more interested in kicking on than wondering if they would get the kind of rapturous reception that greeted Sir Bobby Robson's men 28 years ago, although that summer left a lasting impact on him. "It's a very special feeling, it's a privilege for us". "It has felt like a good holiday we have been on and we are enjoying every moment of it".
'I tweeted that team picture on Sunday, although I didn't mention that the trip was actually something of a sweetener for the lads, ' Southgate's former manager Alan Smith wrote in his Telegraph column. "We're not working much now so you can imagine what it will be like if we win". "We're focused on Wednesday because we believe we can continue this great journey".