Draw against Scotland shows England's mental fortitude, says coach Gareth Southgate

Harry Kane's injury-time goal gave England a 2-2 draw after a insane finish to their World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Saturday with Leigh Griffiths having struck twice for the home side in the final three minutes.

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had given the Three Lions a seventieth minute lead from close range. Griffiths scored his first-ever goal for Scotland today from a attractive free kick and immediately scored another one in three minutes' time for a stunning late show at Hampden Park.

But Kane stunned the Tartan Army in the second minute of stoppage time with an equaliser in what was his first game as England captain.

The dramatic but barely deserved draw sees Gareth Southgate's charges stay on course for next summer's World Cup.

"We knew it was going to be tough away from home in an global qualifier and with Scotland doing everything to stay in the World Cup".

Wagner added a second five minutes later with a header from Joshua Kimmich, then got his second before the half-hour mark when Kimmich's quickly taken free kick found Amin Younes, who passed across to the Hoffenheim striker.

"You have short-term objectives in winning individual games but in the background a lot of the work we're doing is to start to prepare us for the finals".


"Ultimately it's not three points, but could be a massive point in the end".

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

"First and foremost they were definitely great free-kicks, "he said. We are in a great position to qualify now and with four games to go, we feel should win all of them". I am not someone who gets too irate or too low.

"But we are identifying those areas and we'll keep working on it". "If you look at the fixtures we've got, we're capable of winning them all if we can perform like that". Scotland's aggressive outset put them on top of the game but they struggled to make any chances of note before the contest settled down midway through the first half and surprise starter Jake Livermore began to see more of the ball. We have to be a team that, maybe the clock runs out, but you never, ever stop.

England were certainly strong in the way that they recovered, however the Three Lions will be disappointed with the result considering that they would have expected to win. I knew we were going to be under the cosh for a lot of the game because England are a great team. "The most important thing was trying to get the three points. All sorts of emotions", Strachan told reporters.

The first proper chance came on 17 minutes when Kane - skippering England for the first time - beat the offside trap with lovely control inside Kieran Tierney, but blasted a left-footed half volley over the bar.

"Obviously I do not know what the gaffer's feeling is on it".

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