Southgate and Kane on Scotland draw

Hotspur striker, Harry Kane, grabbed a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser as England salvaged a valuable FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group F point against Scotland at Hampden Park.

Instead he was close to achieving his best result in the job, as Griffiths' first strikes for Scotland overturned a 70th-minute goal by substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

GERMANY ran up an expected goal avalanche in thrashing San Marino 7-0 as Harry Kane celebrated his first start as England captain with a late equalizer to deny Scotland on Saturday.

To come back from 2-1 down with the whole stadium bouncing and the memories that might have brought for the team, they put that to one side and they came through it. You score a goal and then - I don't know high the percentage would be - the other team score in the next couple of minutes. "I was trying to get a good contact on it and side-footed into the net", he told ITV.

England manager Southgate felt his men let the match get away from them, although praised their spirit to recover.

"It's a game we should win, a game we were in total control of", the England boss told ITV. You need to give people game time; in the past one or two goalkeepers have given up worldwide football because they haven't had the chance. 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.

Marcus Rashford will fill a similar position to that he is used to at Manchester United when lining up for England against Scotland.

"Harry Kane - he's the top goalscorer in the Premier League".

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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. I have a steady mind and I know my ambitions, I know what I want to do, and this team has great ambition.

"We've obviously gone into this game without Jack (Wilshere), (Jordan) Henderson, (Danny) Drinkwater, (Fabian) Delph", Southgate said. I did not want to lose my first game as captain, that is for sure - especially against Scotland.

"The first one has come through a lot of bodies", he said.

"On our day we can match any-body".

"We could have had maybe a four versus two going up the field and we could have just killed the game off", said the Hull City defender.

The top team in each of the nine UEFA qualifying groups will secure a direct berth in next year's World Cup.

He said: "We have a lot of competition in the more advanced positions in midfield but we've not got great cover in deeper positions in that department".

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

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