Sharing power, Southgate gives Kane captaincy against Scots

Sharing power, Southgate gives Kane captaincy against Scots

Gareth Southgate described Harry Kane's last-gasp Hampden equaliser as a major moment for his England team as Scotland boss Gordon Strachan saw his greatest managerial result slip away. "People have said that there is a lack of leaders in this team but I don't think that is the case", added Southgate. It could be a big point for us. These guys are giants and they are playing at a different level to most of us and they kept coming back, with their strength and power and speed it is hard to deal with.

The win leaves Strachan's side four points off second place with four games remaining.

"That was the one, at 60 years old, that could have been the best result of my footballing career", Strachan said on ITV1.

"To do what they did was phenomenal. They keep coming back at you", he said.

"It was like watching a heavyweight boxer against a middleweight".

England were left in no doubt as to what kind of afternoon awaited them before kick-off when "God Save the Queen", the English national anthem, was drowned out by a volley of Scottish boos.

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Former Scotland worldwide Steve Nicol laments England's last-gasp equaliser as "unprofessional" defending by Scotland.

Of the second, he said: "I think Joe Hart should save it again". Harry Kane scored three minutes into stoppage time to deny Scotland, and Strachan, a memorable victory.

But Scotland posed a threat on the break, Andrew Robertson spurning a sight of goal by slicing over from Griffiths's cut-back and Stuart Armstrong curling off-target.

Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's close-range finish after 70 minutes looked to have put England on course for three points that would have cemented their position at the top of Group F - only for Scotland to turn a largely undistinguished game upside down in the closing moments.

"I'm sure he'll be disappointed to concede any goal".

Hampden erupted and there was more to come, with Griffiths caressing another free-kick inside the opposite post to send the Scots fans into raptures.

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