Harry Kane's equaliser 'huge moment' for England - Gareth Southgate
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 15:21
The Three Lions took the lead in the 70th minute when Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had only been on the pitch for two minutes, scampered into the right side of the area and fired a shot through the legs of Stuart Armstrong which Gordon saw at the last second and failed to prevent it going past him.
But Leigh Griffiths broke his global duck in sensational fashion as he curled home a 25-yard free-kick in the 87th minute - and then repeated the feat three minutes later.
Scotland stay fourth behind Slovenia and Slovakia with four games left.
History has shown some players just can't recreate their exploits for their club on the worldwide stage, but Kane is unlikely to fall into that bracket and his late strike to save the day may be a significant sign post and see him appointed captain on a permanent basis.
The England support drew unfavourable comparisons between their oldest rival in global football and San Marino, suggesting, impolitely, that Scotland were inferior to Europe's whipping boys.
And though Hart could have done better for both Scotland strikes, his manager would not add to the increasing pressure on his position before fully analysing each set piece and suggested it was conceding the free kicks in the first place that was the problem.
The 114th meeting of worldwide football's oldest rivals initially looked to be going the visitors' way after substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hushed the Hampden roar. "I've shared the leadership around and I think that's important".
A brilliant Leigh Griffiths free-kick double nearly wrecked Kane's day but he was able to pop up in the third minute of injury time to volley home an equaliser.
The Scots don't play again until September 1, when they face Lithuania in their next Group D encounter.
"After the first one went in the boys were egging me to have another go and as soon as the ball left my foot I knew it was in".
"It's a game we should win but two moments of brilliant quality from Leigh Griffiths turned it on its head", Southgate said.
"I have got to say it was like watching a heavyweight boxer versus a middleweight", Strachan said.
"I've seen Scotland's best ever free-kick and then I've also seen Scotland's second best ever free-kick", Strachan said.
"With the amount of possession we had, the game should have been put to bed by the stage they scored".