Harry Kane describes his feelings after first match as England captain
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 20:34
There have been 114 meetings between the countries but none have ended as dramatically.
After substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had given the Three Lions the lead at Hampden Park, Scotland appeared to be on the brink of securing what would have been a memorable victory following two superbly-struck free-kicks from Leigh Griffiths.
- There were just two minutes and 58 seconds between Griffiths' first and second direct free-kick strikes for Scotland.
For Southgate's stoppage-time saviour Harry Kane, however, the unusual choice of bonding session was a key factor in their ability to overturn Scotland's 2-1 lead in such dramatic circumstances. Scotland got two goals from nowhere but we still managed to get a point. We have to be a team that, maybe the clock runs out, but you never, ever stop.
"We stayed calm. Being away with the Marines, we spoke about being ready for any situation, if things do take a turn for the worse, be ready for that and never drop our heads".
Kane's strike, his sixth in 18 England games, was a sucker-punch for Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, whose side remain in fourth place, three points off a possible play-off berth.
"I didn't want to lose my first game as a captain, especially against Scotland".
"It was a insane end to the game and that's global football for you". So to score that goal ... it has been a while since I scored a goal for England.
"Obviously I do not know what the gaffer's feeling is on it".
"It was brilliant for him that in a pressure moment he executed a skill that he made look easier than it actually was".
Harry Kane has set his sights on becoming the permanent England captain after his heroics against Scotland.
"It was one of the most emotional games in my managerial career", he said. As a manager that was hard work. "They were heavyweight boxers, we were middleweight".
"On our day we can match anybody". Their strength and power was hard to deal with, and we did it. "They keep coming back at you", he said.
"They didn't create many chances, we had half chances", he said of the balance of play. When you are on the pitch, not much changes. It's great that all the teams who follow you now have something to aim for. "A wonderful character. Strange, but wonderful".
"I was pleased I didn't see people lying on the floor, they were back at it".
"The first free-kick was careless, the second (given away) was a slip, so I am not sure there is a lot we could have done about that".
"That's me, that's who I am", said Hart. But, they could go as high as second with a victory on Saturday, provided other results also serve their objective.
"When we went 2-1 down, a few lads could have been on their knees or had their heads in their hands".