Harry Kane proud of scoring key goal for England while being captain

Harry Kane proud of 'special' day after rescuing England against Scotland

Harry Kane captained England against Scotland

Kane, who has now scored six times in his 18 appearances for England, relished his first experience of Hampden and left
satisfied with the point which keeps his country at the top of Group F
and firmly on course to secure the automatic qualification place for next year's World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

A tense Group F encounter burst into life in the closing stages as Leigh Griffiths scored two late free-kicks to put Scotland into a 2-1 lead after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had opened the scoring.

Southgate refused to blame his side for conceding the second late free-kick from which Scotland scored, and is happy group leaders England still have qualification for Russian Federation in their own hands - although Slovakia will close with two points by beating Lithuania, while Slovenia are three points back. "I'm not committing to a timescale on that [making a decision on a full-time captain]".

"You try to protect yourself from the excitement but when we equalised I didn't, because that could have been my best result as a manger".

"We should have been further ahead - if you don't get the second goal, you run the risk of an equaliser at some point".

Home skipper Scott Brown had set the tone for an unforgettable World Cup qualifier inside three minutes as he introduced himself to Dele Alli with a late challenge which earned a yellow card, and Scotland continued their aggressive start by forcing four early corners. "We haven't managed to win, but given the narrative of the game, we've got to be pleased to take the point".

"It's a good ball for them".

England were exposing the Scottish right hand side and it was from that side that a cross came in for Harry Kane but the forward missed the target again. "Harry is one of a number of people I could have given that opportunity to, a few others have done it already and I wanted to give him that boost", he said. I don't think it was tougher than what we expected because we always expect to have tough games, especially against your rivals. Before the game we would have taken the point but it was just the way it happened, but that's football for you.

Gordon said both England goals were "difficult" to deal with. "I was quite late reacting to it, I didn't see it until late on and had to swing an arm at it, but didn't get enough on it to keep it out". He's a great character, you know.

"It was probably one of the most emotional games ever in my managerial career".

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