Southgate names England's captain for Scotland qualifier

Harry Kane's injury-time goal gave England a 2-2 draw after a insane finish to their World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Saturday with Leigh Griffiths having struck twice for the home side in the final three minutes.

England looked to be in the driving seat when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put them 1-0 up on 70 minutes but the game quickly turned on its head.

However, Hampden Park erupted in the 87th minute when Leigh Griffiths curled home a 25-yard free-kick for his first global goal, before lightning struck twice in the final minute of normal time as another set-piece from the Celtic star put Scotland on the brink of a famous Group F victory.

The dramatic but barely deserved draw sees Gareth Southgate's charges stay on course for next summer's World Cup.

"We've come into a hostile atmosphere; we've controlled the game completely".

He added: "We said we had to expect the unexpected".

"To get the goal was special".

"We have got to take confidence from that, it was a really good performance, we kept the ball, passed it and created chances, and we probably should have scored a few more than we did".

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. Leigh Griffiths then flipped the game on it's head with two outstanding free-kicks in the 86th and 88th minute, before Harry Kane finished from close range to make it 2-2.

Scotland appeared to have secured a first victory over its fierce rival since 1999, but the Premier League leading scorer for the last two seasons came to his country's rescue.

England remain top of their qualifying pool, but Slovenia have trimmed their advantage to three points and Slovakia could cut it down to two if they win in Lithuania later in the day.

"I can sum up the game by saying, no matter what anybody thinks of us as players, where we are and the way we play our football, nobody can question the personality, character and drive", he told Sky Sports. There was a free-kick we shouldn't concede and then two moments of real quality from Griffiths.

If England are to shed their reputation as a team that qualifies powerfully for tournaments but flops on the big stage, a more suitable system is required to get the best from one of the game's most adept finishers.

"We have several, more than several, players, a team, who aren't where they want to be individually but have got great potential and we are starting to tap in to that", he said.

Danny Rose's ongoing absence due to a knee problem means Southampton's Ryan Bertrand is likely to keep his place at left-back. Yet England will have their own frustrations bearing in mind they had been drifting towards a relatively prosaic 1-0 win before all that late drama when Leigh Griffiths brought the home crowd to a point of rare euphoria. They were, according to Strachan, the best free-kicks he could remember from all his years associated with Scotland.

But, with the clock winding down, Kane - captain in the absence of the omitted Wayne Rooney - met Raheem Sterling's cross to clinch a point at Hampden Park.

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