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Kane rescues draw for England against Scotland in qualifying

20 June 2017

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.

Celtic FC's Leigh Griffith has been linked with a move south to Leeds this summer, and after watching the Scottish striker in action for his national team against England will give hope to the Elland Road faithful that the links are more than just empty rumors.

Yet a first win over the English since 1999 was denied Gordon Strachan's team deep into stoppage time as Kane fired home a cross from Raheem Sterling to earn a 2-2 draw.

Kane, who was handed the captain's armband for the first time, said: "I would say that is probably the most special moment for me". To be 2-1 down in stoppage time, to get that goal is special.

It was Griffith's first goals for his country and he admitted afterwards that he was happy to get off the mark. "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".

Gareth Southgate's Three Lions side had two half-chances in the first half, but they were spurned when Harry Kane miscued a first-time strike after good work from Adam Lallana before failing to capitalise on mistake from Craig Gordon. They stuck their chests out, held their heads up, walked back to the centre circle and said "Let's get something from this".

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

"We are disappointed but we have got to be proud of ourselves".

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Kane had come close on several occasions as Scotland sat in with a 5-4-1 formation, although the hosts improved for a spell after Jake Livermore's deflected effort hit the post just after half-time.

The England boss also felt it was an important moment individually for Kane, whose sixth worldwide goal came just over a year after he netted his fifth, in a friendly against Turkey.

"But we played a team with five at the back, tried to frustrate which is understandable from their point of view".

A sparky opening had filtered out throughout the first 45 minutes apart from Kane's chances.

Southgate's squad against Scotland is a young one with 23-year-old Harry Kane set to captain the team at Hampden Park and he could be partnered in attack by 19-year-old Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford.

"I was looking to do the exact same with the second free-kick". "I have felt it important to give people the opportunity to lead in different ways. There was a real quality finish as well, under pressure, to get the point", he said.

The draw means England's cushion at the top of Group F has been narrowed to two points, but there remains confidence within the group that it is a matter of when rather than if they qualify for the World Cup.

Kane rescues draw for England against Scotland in qualifying