Joe Hart dropped by Gareth Southgate for England's friendly against France

Two Leigh Griffiths free-kicks left England facing a first qualifying defeat since October 2009, only for Kane to volley in a 93rd-minute leveller from substitute Raheem Sterling's left-wing cross.

But Kane stunned the crowd two minutes into injury time when he volleyed home a flawless pass from Raheem Sterling, a goal that prevented what would have been England's first World Cup qualifying loss since a defeat to Ukraine in 2009. Northern Ireland stayed five points behind Germany in second place after an stoppage time goal by Stuart Dallas gave them a 1-0 win in Azerbaijan. Germany take a stroll Forward Sandro Wagner scored a hat-trick, his first goals for Germany, to lead the world champions to a predictably comfortable 7-0 stroll against minnows San Marino on Saturday.

England manager Gareth Southgate praised his side after the Three Lions rescued a point against Scotland on Saturday.

The draw leaves England looking assured of winning the qualifying group, bar any late collapse, but means Scotland still face a tough task to pip Slovakia and Slovenia to the play-off spot. But one lapse of concentration has cost us in the end and instead of getting three points we got one.

"We look at opposition set plays before every game and we knew Griffiths had a great free-kick on him", added Kane.

Kane's goal was the Tottenham Hotspur striker's sixth in 18 global appearances and came at the end of his first game under Southgate, after injuries had kept him out of England's six previous matches.

Scotland's hopes of heading to Russian Federation next summer remain pretty slim but Armstrong added: "Can we win the next four?"

The Celtic striker nearly took the roof off Hampden when his second hit the back of the net and while it stunned Gareth Southgate and his team, Armstrong wasn't in the least surprised.

"We don't beat England very much", said the Scotland great.

Despite suffering two injuries during a long campaign with Spurs and going on a post-season tour, Kane is desperate to start again for England against France and get the chance to put one over Lloris. I did not want to lose my first game as captain, that is for sure - especially against Scotland.

"I think we do have to win the remaining fixtures", said Robertson.

"But we are identifying those areas and we'll keep working on it".

Southgate, who reserved judgement on Joe Hart's attempts to save the free-kicks, said: "We deserved to be ahead and then there was a mad minute and a half". If I go that route with anybody then I don't think that's the right thing to do. "Butland was in pole position before he got that injury in Germany a year ago". "It gives us the extra impetus to take something from the game".

  • Zachary Reyes