Kane silences Scotland's celebration with late leveller

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had been on the pitch just five minutes, brilliantly waltzed into the area from the right and struck a left-foot shot at an unsighted Gordon, who could only palm the effort into the top-right corner.

The England boss took the squad away with the Royal Marines in an unorthodox start to the global break and, having boldly - if understandably - overlooked Wayne Rooney, handed Harry Kane the captaincy in Scotland.

Southgate said the 23-year-old Kane was delighted with the appointment. "I've shared the leadership around and I think that's important".

"But everyone stood up to it".

Novakovic, 38, announced a day earlier that he would retire from football, and found a farewell goal from Ilicic's low cross with six minutes to play.

"We have got leaders in the team, it is just that I was wearing the armband".

The Tottenham Hotspur striker described that as "the most special moment" of his worldwide career, as he complemented captaining the global side for the first time with that key late goal, and thereby showed exactly the type of leadership Gareth Southgate had asked for in the build-up.

"To score that goal was great as it has been a while since I have scored for England".

Kane's strike saved England from their first qualifying defeat since October, 2009.

"We got ourselves into decent positions and didn't quite finish but the objective's to qualify and we still sit top of the group".

"We knew it was going to be tough away from home, global qualifier, Scotland are doing everything to stay in the World Cup".

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

England were left in no doubt as to what kind of afternoon awaited them before kick-off when, the English national anthem, was drowned out by a volley of Scottish boos.

Scotland hero Griffiths was left "gutted" despite scoring a brace of free-kicks for his first goals in the dark blue.

Hero turned villain just minutes later though, after Oxlade-Chamberlain weaved his way into the box past countless defenders, just minutes after coming off the bench for Marcus Rashford.

Incredibly, within two minutes it was Gordon Strachan's side who were ahead as Griffiths curled another lovely free-kick beyond the England wall. It was the first time Kane had captained England at the senior level. "Probably could have been defended a bit better, I haven't seen it again, to be honest", Berra told the BBC. "It has been a long season, but there is one more to go before we get a little break". I still talk, I still shout in the same way. In the marines, they are life and death situations and we took as much as we could from the game and stood up to be counted. We have to be a team that are never beaten, maybe the clock runs out but you never, ever stop and today we have done that. Seriously, for decades that will haunt us. The questions around us centre on character, centre on the ability to withstand things that go against you and that is what we have to show.

"He led the line brilliantly, and when big Chris Martin came on he made a difference as well".

England goalkeeper Joe Hart, whose Manchester City future remains in limbo following a loan spell at Torino, got nowhere near either shot, by Southgate absolved him of blame.

Referee: P Tagliavento (Italy).

  • Julie Sanders