Scotland 2-2 England
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 14:27
Southgate refused to blame his side for conceding the second late free-kick from which Scotland scored, and is happy group leaders England still have qualification for Russian Federation in their own hands - although Slovakia will close with two points by beating Lithuania, while Slovenia are three points back.
"You don't often see people push themselves to another level and that is where they pushed themselves today to get a result for this country".
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. We stuck with it and showed tremendous character to come back.
Leigh Griffiths scored two late free-kicks - his first worldwide goals - to cancel out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's opener and leave Scotland on the brink of a crucial win in Group F.
Kane, who was handed the captaincy for the first time by Gareth Southgate, proved to be the hero for England but might have scored with the best chance of the first half when his lob was cleared off the line with Scotland keeper Craig Gordon beaten.
Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain broke the deadlock in the 70th minute from a close range finish.
However, carnage ensued as Griffiths bent in a brilliant 87th minute equaliser to send Hampden Park into raptures. "If you look at the fixtures we've got, we're capable of winning them all if we can perform like that".
The remarkable match means England remain top of Group F on 14 points from six matches, while Scotland lie fourth with eight points.
Scotland next travel to Lithuania and then host Malta and Slovakia, who are four points ahead of Strachan's side in second, before facing Slovenia away from home in their final group game. They were like a heavyweight boxer and we were middleweight, which we expected. England brought on Oxlade-Chamberlain for Rashford while Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser made his Scotland debut.
"Overall the objective is to qualify and we are top of the group". As a player you just get on with it but as a manager that was hard work. To be 2-1 down in stoppage time, to get that goal is special. "Being away with the marines, we spoke a lot about being ready for any situation can happen and if things do take a turn for the worse, be ready for that and never drop our heads". Wayne Rooney was England's captain when he held a regular place in the team and Chelsea defender Gary Cahill skippered the side for England's March friendly against Germany in Dortmund.