Scotland boss proud of players after draw with England

Lewandowski scored two penalties during a 3-1 win over Romania.

Denmark kept pace with Montenegro on 10 points by defeating 10-man Kazakhstan 3-1 in Group E in Almaty.

Kane, 23, has enjoyed a great 2016/17 campaign for Spurs, scoring 29 goals in the Premier League.

"I definitely didn't want to lose in my first game as skipper so to get that goal; it's a good day for us and obviously a very proud day for me as well". "If you concede those free-kicks in global football you run the risk of being punished by a moment of quality".

"We should have been further ahead - if you don't get the second goal, you run the risk of an equaliser at some point. I did not know whether the keeper was going to come, so when I saw him stay on his line. what a ball it was, and it was just a good side-foot into the net".

"I have been involved with Scotland for 40 years now and I can not remember anyone hitting a better free-kick and then coming away and hitting an even better one".

However, as expected, Scotland fans booed throughout the British National Anthem.

"I think it is a significant goal but for many different reasons".

Gordon Strachan's side are six points behind Group F leaders England with four fixtures remaining.

There had been little warning of what was to come during a largely uninspiring encounter that only started to warm up once English substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had given the visitors a 1-0 lead on 70 minutes. "One point is not what we wanted but nothing in football surprises me", he told BBC Radio 5 live.

Julian Brandt added the sixth with a diving header on 72 minutes before Wagner wrapped up his hat trick with five minutes to play.

He saved the best until last, converting with a stunning scissor kick in the 82nd.

The draw means England's cushion at the top of Group F has been narrowed to two points, but there remains confidence within the group that it is a matter of when rather than if they qualify for the World Cup.

The England boss took the squad away with the Royal Marines in an unorthodox start to the global break and, having boldly - if understandably - overlooked Wayne Rooney, handed Harry Kane the captaincy in Scotland.

Its nearest challenger is Slovakia, which secured a crucial 2-1 victory in Lithuania. His two free kicks were magnificent.

Ilicic gave his side the lead in first-half stoppage time with a left-footed curling effort from an acute angle and set up Milivoje Novakovic to seal the victory in the 84th.

  • Julie Sanders