Tottenham striker Harry Kane would love England captaincy

"It is fundamental to being a top team but it is only one step in that direction, we can still improve in all areas, we all know that, but nevertheless it is a significant moment I think", he said.

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.

Strachan also hailed his team's character as fourth-placed Scotland missed the chance to inflict a first Hampden defeat on England since 1985 while dropping two Group F points.

"Two moments of brilliant quality from them turn it on its head in seconds but we should never be beaten".

Southgate, trying to rebuild England's confidence after last year's Euro 2016 humiliation by Iceland, said his players' perseverance in the face of improbable odds was a sign that they are on the right path.

It was great for me personally to lead the team out, a very, very proud moment and to get that goal at the end made it even more special. "Harry is one of a number of people I could have given that opportunity to, a few others have done it already and I wanted to give him that boost", he said.

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. We've got to take the finish.

As always, Twitter had something to say about Hart's unusual choice of head-wear and well, we weren't disappointed.

"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".

"I have been involved with Scotland for 40 years now and I can not remember anyone hitting a better free-kick and then coming away and hitting an even better one".

"I thought the boys put a great effort in, especially as some hadn't played for a long time and you could see we were getting a wee bit exhausted towards the end". There was a great atmosphere and the way the game panned out, it was a good point. "It has been a long season, but there is one more to go before we get a little break". I did not want to lose my first game as captain, that's for sure - especially against Scotland. It looked like we would go on and win the game at that stage, but out of nowhere they score two freekicks.

He added: "I think that is fair (we need to be more clinical)".

"So these memories will be with me - I will look at the players and tell them you have to keep coming back and taking knocks like that".

  • Julie Sanders