Lallana plays 90 minutes as England draw with Scotland
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 2:45
"To do what they did was absolutely phenomenal". The questions around this centre on character, on the ability to withstand events that go against you.
"It was like a middleweight fighting a heavyweight". Strachan suffered along with the home fans as the visitors snatched a late draw following two inspirational free-kicks from Leigh Griffiths, pictured.
Scotland on Saturday appeared like they would pull off the upset when Leigh Griffiths rallied the home side with two late free-kick goals past goalkeeper Joe Hart. "It's annoying for them to do so much and have a result that could have been one of the best results ever". It was just phenomenal.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had given England the lead in the 70th minute after some poor Scotland defending, but Griffiths picked the ideal moment to break his worldwide duck in his 13th cap. People look at one player now to drag them through, but we have plenty of leaders in the team to try and change the game.
It was hard, listening to Joe Hart's version of events, not to suspect he was putting on a front at a time when there has to be a legitimate debate about whether someone in his position - no future at Manchester City, no idea where he might end up next and, perhaps understandably, little of the old assuredness - still warrants his place in the England team.
"Listen, we will go for the next one", he said. We've come into a very hard atmosphere, a hard environment.
"You have to expect the unexpected and we were 2-1 down from nowhere, but we found another gear".
"Obviously we wanted to win the game, there is no doubt about that, but we got a point, are still top of the (qualifying) league. Scotland is no easy place to come".
"It's a day personally I'll never forget and a great stadium to do it in".
Griffiths felt Scotland had done themselves proud, despite not being able to hold on for what would have been a famous win. Scotland defended the first threat well and even looked to have a promising counter-attack on their hands, but they lost possession and switched off at the back, and they were punished for it.
Gordon Strachan's side are six points behind Group F leaders England with four fixtures remaining. "We knew it was going to be tough away from home, global qualifier, Scotland are doing everything to stay in the World Cup".
"I wouldn't be here if I didn't", said Strachan when asked if he truly feels Scotland can still earn a play-off spot.
"We'll have to assess physically what has been taken out of the team and also we want to learn something from the game in Paris as well".
There was a free kick we shouldn't concede and then two moments of real quality from Griffiths. We should have been further ahead, but if you don't get the second goal you can be punished.
"I think we had three down with cramp as well". We had moments where we got into really good positions in the final third and you have got to take the finish. But we should never be beaten. We haven't managed to do that but the way things have panned out, we have got to be happy with a point.
"If we've got a team in a world final at that age group, why are we looking around the world?", he said.