Kane: Hampden is one of the best stadiums I've played in

Below the belt, but given their team's problems against a committed but limited side it was not an occasion when England were in a position to revel in supremacy despite extending their unbeaten qualifying record to 35 games courtesy of Harry Kane's injury-time equaliser.

The 23-year-old said: "It looked like we're going to win the game and all of a sudden, it looks like we're going to lose".

Barring a remarkable upturn in fortune in the final four matches, this painful draw may well have curtailed Scotland's World Cup qualifying prospects and Gordon Strachan's hopes of leading his country to its first major tournament since 1998.

For Kane, captaining England for the first time, the experience was one to remember.

"But everyone stood up to it".

"We managed to find, somehow, another goal, another gear, and it's not a bad point away from home now".

"I would love to be England captain", Kane told reporters.

"I have got to say it was like watching a heavyweight boxer versus a middleweight".

"It (the goal) is definitely up at the top, it was a special day", Kane said on ITV1.

"I think being part of a leader is standing up when it matters and to get that goal at the end was important".

"However the objective is to qualify and we still sit top of the group".

The drama was not finished, though, as Kane - wearing the armband in place of the absent Wayne Rooney - met Raheem Sterling's swinging cross to silence the home fans.

"He is in between me and Charlie (Mulgrew) and it is a good height that maybe Craigy could have come out but all three of us have maybe got to look at ourselves, that we could have done a bit better, we were all a bit uncertain". We have questioned character and they've shown character today.

It was Griffiths's first Scotland goal and the first England had conceded in the campaign.

But Leigh Griffiths broke his global duck in sensational fashion as he curled home a 25-yard free-kick in the 87th minute - and then repeated the feat three minutes later.

But with a famous victory on the cards, Kane levelled in stoppage time to deflate the Tartan Army and the Celtic forward.

"I've also seen Scotland's best-ever free kick and then I've also seen Scotland's second-best-ever free kick".

"Not only did we discuss how we wanted to play but we discussed how we needed to be if events turned against us".

"We look at set-plays and we knew Griffiths had a great free-kick in him". Seriously, for decades that will haunt us.

"To do what they did, people can talk about ability and this and that, but you cannot do more than they did".

Scotland: Gordon, Berra, Mulgrew, Robertson, Tierney, Brown, Armstrong, Anya (Chris Martin 81), Snodgrass (Fraser 66), Griffiths, Morrison (McArthur 45).

For much of the match, things appeared to be drifting towards a rather dour scoreless draw, only for substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to strike midway through the second half.

Referee: P Tagliavento (Italy).

  • Julie Sanders