Harry Kane heartened by England character in dramatic draw with Scotland

Harry Kane heartened by England character in dramatic draw with Scotland

On a sun-kissed Glasgow afternoon, England took the lead in the 70th minute when substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's left-foot strike beat home goalkeeper Craig Gordon's flimsy attempt at a save.

Kane's goal deep into added time earned a point for England after a pair of Leigh Griffiths free-kicks had turned the game on its head in favour of Scotland.

"I think it was an important moment for the team, important moment individually for Harry", Southgate said.

Scotland were heartbroken, as they almost stole three points off England until Harry Kane's stoppage-time equaliser. "We knew it was going to be tough and credit to them for standing there and getting the two goals, but it was nice to obviously not lose the game".

"Our supporters were fantastic today and whatever had happened, we said we were going to go over to them at the end, so I'm glad we went over having got a point".

"We've got to have a mentality that we're never beaten and we showed that at the end".

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

The England manager said in the bigger picture his challenge was to make his group "the best team in the world" and that required delivering when it really mattered - in the big tournaments.

Scotland appeared to have secured a first victory over its fierce rival since 1999, but the Premier League's leading scorer for the last two seasons came to his country's rescue.

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PA HEAVY PRESENCE Police gather within Hampden Park before kick off

"There's no one else", Southgate said when asked about the apparent dearth of exactly the kind of controlling - and creative - central midfielder England require to guide games like this raucous World Cup qualifier away to Scotland to a more positive conclusion.

"It's a day personally I'll never forget and a great stadium to do it in".

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

"We are in a great position to qualify now and with four games to go, we feel should win all of them".

Scotland had started the game aggressively, roared on by a capacity 52,000 crowd but England gradually took control and ended the first half looking increasingly risky. "It got us back into contention and if we can perform like we did in that match, then we will certainly cause England a few problems".

"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".

"I think we had three down with cramp as well".

"We had good moments, we got into good positions in the final third. One point is not what we wanted but nothing in football surprises me", he told BBC Radio 5 live.




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