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Harry Kane describes his feelings after first match as England captain

21 Juin 2017

"I thought the boys put a great effort in, especially as some hadn't played for a long time and you could see we were getting a wee bit exhausted towards the end".

"To do what they did was absolutely phenomenal".

"They didn't create many chances, we had half chances", he said of the balance of play. They were like a heavyweight boxer and we were middleweight, which we expected.

Strachan also applauded the contribution of Griffiths.

"It was probably one of the most emotional games ever in my managerial career". It was just phenomenal. Subs: James McArthur (for Morrison, 45) 6, Ryan Fraser (for Snodgrass, 66) 5, Chris Martin on for Ikechi Anya (81) 5.

A 93rd minute equaliser from Harry Kane saw England snatch a remarkable draw against Scotland on Saturday evening, after a pair of late free kicks from Leigh Griffiths looked to have given the home side the three points.

The 114th meeting of global football's oldest foes was a naturally tense affair, with the hosts looking to keep their dreams of reaching Russian Federation alive as Gareth Southgate's men attempted to tighten their grip on top spot. Deep into injury time, Livermore lofted a ball over the top of Scotland's defence for captain Kane to finish off and keep England three points clear of Slovenia atop Group F.

To get the goal was special. "This team is just starting out - how far they can go?"

"The questions around us centre on character and the ability to withstand events that go against you". "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".

"The atmosphere in the changing-room would have been a party if we'd won", he said.

England struggled to break down their hosts during the disappointing game until the 70th minute, when sub Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found the back of the net after a good solo run.

Griffiths felt Scotland had done themselves proud, despite not being able to hold on for what would have been a famous win.

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

As the game neared to an end Leigh Griffiths scored his first goal for Scotland with an incredible free-kick from outside the box which rocketed into the corner of the net. Suddenly it looked like a bad day at the office for us.

"Harry Kane will captain the side tomorrow".

"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". England coach Gareth Southgate: "It's a huge moment for the team".

"We're in stoppage time, 2-1 down - to get that goal was special". I was just trying to do my best for the team. Tom Heaton has had an outstanding season and we've got to make sure people feel involved.

"Not only did we discuss how we wanted to play but we discussed how we needed to be if events turned against us".

"We're disappointed, but we've got to be proud of ourselves as well".

"I think it's a huge moment for the team", said the former defender, whose side remain on top of Uefa qualifying Group F with 14 points from six games.

Harry Kane describes his feelings after first match as England captain