England Snatch A Point In Scotland

Scotland fans ahead of the match

Harry Kane reflected on a "sweet" end to his first game as England captain after the Tottenham forward netted an equaliser deep into stoppage time to deny Scotland a famous victory at Hampden Park.

England looked to be crawling towards a just deserved albeit boring 1-0 win thanks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's finish but two wonder strikes from Leigh Griffiths in the 87th and 90th minute put Scotland on the brink of their first win against the Three Lions since 1985. Kane, captain of England for the first time, volleyed home deep into stoppage time to make it 2-2.

England still have work to do to secure World Cup qualification, but preparations for Russian Federation are well under way as Gareth Southgate attempts to prevent their all-too-frequent major tournament struggles. We have a great point against a very good England side who no doubt will be going to the World Cup. "It got us back into contention and if we can perform like we did in that match, then we will certainly cause England a few problems".

"I would say that equalising goal was probably the most special moment of my career".

The visitors looked to pick up where they left off and Livermore slashed an effort at Scotland left wing-back Andrew Robertson with the ball rebounding off the defender and hitting the post. Now we have more massive games but all winnable games and we will give it our all. Kane's strike, his sixth in 18 England games, was a sucker-punch for Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, whose side remain in fourth place, four points off a possible playoff berth.

The England boss also felt it was an important moment individually for Kane, whose sixth worldwide goal came just over a year after he netted his fifth, in a friendly against Turkey. That timely intervention, just moments after two free-kicks by Leigh Griffiths had taken Scotland to the verge of a first win in this fixture in 17 years, maintained England's unbeaten qualifying campaign at the top of Group F.

Younes got a goal of his own in the first half following a corner, and Shkodran Mustafi made it 5-0 two minutes into the second half, again coming after a corner.

"We've got to have a mentality that we're never beaten and we showed that at the end".

"We kept on going". We have to be a team that, maybe the clock runs out, but you never, ever stop.

England boss Gareth Southgate had taken his squad to a Royal Marines boot camp earlier in the week and they were certainly up for the battle. I have a steady mind and I know my ambitions, I know what I want to do, and this team has great ambition. "I was quite late reacting to it, I didn't see it until late on and had to swing an arm at it, but didn't get enough on it to keep it out".

"Today we've done that". As a manager that was hard work.

"I felt we controlled the game for large parts and eventually opened the scoring with about 20 minutes left".

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