Kane rescues England as hat tricks light up Euro qualifiers

Tottenham's Harry Kane came to England's rescue late on to dash Scotland's dreams and World Cup hopes after two stunning Leigh Griffiths free-kicks put them on the brink of victory in Glasgow.

Griffiths dragged Scotland back from 1-0 down after 85 minutes, after substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had put the Three Lions ahead, but Kane stole in at the death to put the cap on an incredible final quarter.

However, Hampden Park erupted in the 87th minute when Leigh Griffiths curled home a 25-yard free-kick for his first worldwide goal, before lightning struck twice in the final minute of normal time as another set-piece from the Celtic star put Scotland on the brink of a famous Group F victory.

Scotland's wild celebrations lasted just minutes, though, as Dier saw a free-kick punched out by Gordon but the ball was eventually swung back in by Raheem Sterling, with Kane scoring superbly to secure a late draw.

Kane said: "We're relatively happy with the draw".

Gareth Southgate refused to criticise Joe Hart for the two late Scotland goals that almost resulted in disaster at Hampden Park. The British side is going into the match with good form, having beaten Slovenia 1-0 in its last game in the qualifiers.

Group F leaders England are six points clear of fourth-placed Scotland with five games remaining.

Germany ran up an expected goal avalanche in thrashing San Marino 7-0 as Harry Kane celebrated his first start as England captain with a late equaliser to deny Scotland on Saturday.

"It is a good point away from home".

The 23-year-old, who won the Premier League Golden Boot in 2016/17 with 29 strikes, will lead the Three Lions out in their WC qualifier against Scotland on Saturday.

England vs Scotland went from a bang average game of football to absolute madness In the space of eight minutes.

The former Hearts and Sunderland player said: "We did stand up and be counted, every player out there did their job and played really well, and it showed we are still together and still fighting to try and qualify".

"It was a game we should win and were in total control of, but two moments of brilliant quality from them turned it on its head in seconds", he said.

"But the "intae them" theory died with the pass back rule, the tackle from behind and better pitches".

"There were two brilliantly executed free kicks but we came here to get three points and maybe we lacked creativity from the whole team".

"Whatever anybody thinks about us as a group of players, one thing you can't question is their personality, character and commitment".

"But Harry Kane does what Harry Kane does best by scoring right at the death and costing us the three points".

Griffiths says he felt the pressure as he stepped up to take the free-kicks after turning away set-piece specialist Charlie Mulgrew but he admits as soon as the ball was in flight, it was only going in one place.

"I wish we could use the "get intae them" theory but we can't use that any more".

  • Zachary Reyes