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Kane rescues draw for England against Scotland in qualifying

Leigh Griffiths says a lack of concentration at the end of the match cost Scotland a famous victory over rivals England, as a late Harry Kane equaliser rescued a point for the Three Lions.

Scotland's wild celebrations lasted just minutes, though, as Dier saw a free-kick punched out by Gordon but the ball was eventually swung back in by Raheem Sterling, with Kane scoring superbly to secure a late draw.

"We wanted to win but it's no easy place to come".

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana echoed Southgate's praise of Kane. It was his first two goals in dark blue but ultimately they failed to provide the win. "I did not know whether the keeper was going to come, so when I saw him stay on his line. what a ball it was, and it was just a good side-foot into the net".

"However, the objective is to qualify and we still sit top of the group".

England are four points clear atop UEFA qualifying Group F and closing in on a place in Russian Federation, while Scotland, six points back in fourth place, face a scrap just to secure a play-off berth.

Harry Kane's injury-time equaliser did more than earn England another point on the road to next year's World Cup in Russian Federation, it was also a "huge moment" in the young team's growth, manager Gareth Southgate said.

"It is a good point away from home". The 23-year-old has now netted six times in 18 appearances for the Three Lions, but it looked like being another one of those days when he wasted two first-half chances he would have gobbled up in his sleep in his Lilywhites shirt. Leigh Griffiths missed the Monday training but assistant manager Mark McGhee has since confirmed the player's availability for the game, stating that the Celtic striker has returned to training and is fit to face England on Saturday.

"It's a game we should win, a game we were in total control of", the England boss told ITV.

Combative Celtic captain Scott Brown, never one to shirk a tackle, looked to set an aggressive tone after being shown the afternoon's first yellow card with three minutes on the clock after following up a sliding challenge on Eric Dier with another foul on Dele Alli. And they keep coming back again.

By that stage England had cleared their heads of any early uncertainty and they had enough of the ball in promising positions that, by half-time, Southgate was entitled to be frustrated there were only sporadic occasions when they managed to get behind Scotland's often congested defence.

"He has had a fantastic season, finishing up top goalscorer in England, so he is another one that we have to be wary of, but they have more than one".

Strachan, whose side lie four points adrift of leaders England in the standings, is wary of the threat posed by Tottenham's prolific striker Harry Kane.

"We're in stoppage time, 2-1 down - to get that goal was special".

He said: "We were speaking about it the other day, the "get intae them" kind of theory, which a lot of people in Scotland are desperate for us to do when I meet them as I go about".



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