Harry Kane hails "fantastic" England character

As the game neared to an end Leigh Griffiths scored his first goal for Scotland with an incredible free-kick from outside the box which rocketed into the corner of the net.

Gareth Southgate's side took the lead at Hampden Park through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but a couple of Leigh Griffiths free kicks in quick succession saw Scotland turn the game on its head in the final minutes of normal time.

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

Kane, who was handed the captain's armband for the first time, said: "I would say that is probably the most special moment for me".

"For me it was great to get that goal and be captain but whoever the gaffer chooses, there are plenty of leaders".

England hardly sparkled against an industrious and spirited Scotland side in the Group F qualifier but Southgate believes they showed they have the right personality to get results in testing environments. "The manner in which it comes about is obviously not how we would have liked, but if it was the other way around and we had scored at the death, it would have been a good point".

In fact, this decision has now led many to speculate that Kane might be the player to succeed Rooney as overall England captain in the long term. "So to then go again as a team and for no-one to drop their heads, it was a proud moment".

"It's hard to sit here and say it's a good point given the manner in which the game went in the last minutes, but we'll take the point against England".

"Scotland's no easy place to come, especially when you're 2-1 down in stoppage time; it makes it a little bit sweeter that we got something from it".

Dier's free-kick was well saved, but the ball was recycled and substitute Sterling's brilliant cross from the left was side-footed home on the volley by Kane, with Gordon left flat-footed.

"I was looking to do the exact same with the second free-kick".

"On our day we can match anybody". Whatever anybody thinks about us as a group of players, one thing you can't question is their personality, character and commitment.

Asked what the national team boss said in the dressing room, Berra said: " He just said that if we had won it would maybe have been the greatest moment of his career.

"I thought he was extremely composed with the ball at his feet and his focus through the week, he's been one of the outstanding leaders in the group", said Southgate, whose side remain top of UEFA qualifying Group F.

"We are disappointed but we have got to be proud of ourselves".

England have now gone 35 games and nearly eight years since they last lost a World Cup or European Championship qualifying match.

  • Julie Sanders