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Kane rescues draw for England against Scotland in qualifying

12 Juin 2017

In some respects, Gareth Southgate might have been happier with the dramatic way England claimed a 2-2 draw with Scotland than a comfortable 3-0 victory.

Kane said: "It was fantastic".

"Great credit to the board and Martin Glenn (FA chief executive), they've backed some new ideas with funding and all of these things take time". Never drop your heads.

"You have to expect the unexpected and we were 2-1 down from nowhere but we found another gear". But we
managed to stay calm. You can't do any more than they did.

"It (the goal) is definitely up at the top, it was a special day", Kane said. I want to win. So to be given that opportunity by the gaffer and how the game panned out, to manage to score in the last minute was a very proud moment. I thought the fans were magnificent and they gave us that extra 10% when we needed it. That is what is good about this England team.

It's happened a few times in the past and we need to eradicate mistakes. The main thing was about standing up to hard situations.

Strachan's own situation has, of course, been intrinsically linked to struggles which preceded the March win over Slovenia and the briefly stirring events of Saturday.

"We still have a great chance".

But Kane volleyed in Raheem Sterling's cross four minutes into added time to preserve England's unbeaten record and keep them three points clear at the top of Group F.

The next time the players will wear the worldwide jersey will be away to Lithuania at the start of September, and then at home to Malta three days later. Again, we gave away a needless foul as Christophe Berra clambered all over Harry Kane. While much of the attention this past season has gone, rightfully so, to his teammate Moussa Dembele, Griffiths has been in fine form for the Scottish champions this past season, and as the game against England proved, he is ready for another step up in competition.

But we Scots have been through such agony many times before, and we should know never to take anything for granted. You have seen the performances over the last couple of years.

For Scotland, the late heartbreak means its chances of automatic qualification remain remote at best with the gap to England at six, while it is three points off second.

"All of the senior team were crammed around the laptop watching it as we finished training in France". "Sometimes in worldwide football, surprises happen and that was nearly the case at Hampden".

"But those Celtic lads, they helped us to get a result, there's no doubt about it".

And then the England manager admitted it. They were good free-kicks but they weren't right inside the post, they were at least a foot inside the post.

"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". "To be fair to him, he's stuck two
fantastic free-kicks at the death".

"So these memories will be with me -- I will look at the players and tell them you have to keep coming back and taking knocks like that", he said.

Kane rescues draw for England against Scotland in qualifying