Harry Kane: 'I want to be England captain full time'

England captain Harry Kane describes his side's 2-2 draw with Scotland as a point gained having scored a 93rd-minute equaliser at Hampden Park.

The 114th meeting of global football's oldest foes was a naturally tense affair, with the hosts looking to keep their dreams of reaching Russian Federation alive as Gareth Southgate's men attempted to tighten their grip on top spot.

But an unremarkable World Cup qualifier ended extraordinarily as Leigh Griffiths levelled with a wonderful late free-kick, before repeating the trick to put Gordon Strachan's side on the brink of a famous victory.

But Kane popped up deep into stoppage time to preserve a two point cushion for England in the standings.

"Of course we can improve in every area of our game but in a game like this, at the end of the season, going into injury time, with people cramping up, absolutely it is about character", he said.

Stating "I'd love to be England captain", Kane went on to admit that "we've got leaders in the team" and "it is just the case that I'm wearing the armband".

England trained with the Royal Marines in the build up to the match, and Kane praised the determination of the squad.

"When we went 2-1 down a few lads could have been on their knees". There was a great atmosphere and the way the game panned out, it was a good point.

Berra admits the Scotland dressing-room at Hampden Park was a miserable place after Saturday's draw with England. We know how good this England side are. "If you look at the fixtures we've got, we're capable of winning them all if we can perform like that".

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

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. Even as I was doing well with my club he was giving me a phone call or text to say, "Things could change for you as you play more and get bigger".

"We have four games left and four very winnable games and as long as we take the performances from the last two games we will give ourselves a great chance".

"It was an important moment for the team and an important moment individually for Harry", Southgate told his post-match media conference.

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

England remains top of the table with 14 points, but Slovakia won 2-1 in Lithuania to close within two points while Slovenia is just one point further back after a 2-0 win over Malta.

"The challenge is how do we become the best team in the world?"

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

Joe Hart will play no part against France, with Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton set to start and Stoke City's Jack Butland in line to take over after the interval.

"We got ourselves into decent positions, but could not finish".

  • Julie Sanders