Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths 'gutted' after England's last-gasp leveller
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 23:47
Just as England were once well-blessed with centre halves they also boasted some truly outstanding central midfielders, so the reappearance of Jake Livermore alongside Eric Dier also highlights a key weakness in this England team.
Armstrong admits he should have booted the ball as far away from goal as he possibly could and will now be left wondering "What if".
"I hope it is the case because the boys put everything into it", he said. That goalkeeping situation, we need to give players an opportunity, game time. But that one moment brought together several elements of the things Southgate and his assistant Steve Holland have been working on. When I saw the ball hit the net, my feelings were honestly just total disappointment.
"To get the goal was special. Hopefully everyone at home takes a lot of pride in it", said Southgate.
Both made mistakes, unforced errors and panicky clearances in what was a low-grade encounter, until it burst into life with the flurry of goals.
PFA Young Player of the Year Alli struggled to get himself into the game, while Rashford seemed to lack the speed and cutting edge which has seen him become a fan favourite at Old Trafford.
"I don't think it's important at this time he's tied down to one position". They were two excellent finishes. "We had a couple of the Marines come up to the game and watch us, so it was great to see them again afterwards". I am sure he will make that decision when he is ready, but I was delighted to lead that team out. To score that goal, it was a special feeling for me'. There's never been any doubt about that.
"I actually get excited when it's time to get together with them".
"Now that he has his first two, he'll kick on".
Darvydas Sernas's goal for the hosts came deep into injury time and too late to mount a desperate late comeback.
"We intend to focus on a lot of area we feel we can improve on". "His all-round play was terrific". "They did have the bulk of possession, which you expect them to do - they're a good team, their players play at a high, high level".
After a positive opening from Strachan's men, England took a grip of the contest and looked to be coasting to victory until Griffiths intervened.
"We kept going and going". But even through the heartache of Kane's late leveller, he insists there were plenty of positives to take.
Hart felt the England wall could have done him a favour if they had jumped for the first free-kick.
"Two moments of brilliant quality from them turn it on its head in seconds but we should never be beaten".
"The atmosphere in the changing-room would have been a party if we'd won", he said. That is what is good about this team.
England have now gone 35 games and nearly eight years since they last lost a World Cup or European Championship qualifying match.