Scotland 2-2 England

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

Kane's goal deep into added time earned a point for England after a pair of Leigh Griffiths free-kicks had turned the game on its head in favour of Scotland.

"We have got leaders in the team, it is just that I was wearing the armband".

England were on course for victory after substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain took advantage of some weak defending and goalkeeping in the 70th minute after Craig Gordon had needlessly conceded a throw-in.

The 23-year-old was the fifth man to skipper the Three Lions in Southgate's seven matches and rose to the occasion, firing home a late leveller after two stunning Leigh Griffiths free-kicks put Scotland on the brink of a famous win.

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England hardly sparkled against an industrious and spirited Scotland side in the Group F qualifier but Southgate believes they showed they have the right personality to get results in testing environments.

"It (the goal) is definitely up at the top, it was a special day", Kane said.

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It took until the final 20 minutes for either side to break the deadlock, England struggling to make real inroads into a stubborn Scottish back-line who very much set up to prevent the visitors' forwards from expressing themselves, but the final 20 minutes saw the game truly come to life.

In the 87th minute, Griffiths lined up a free-kick and brilliantly dispatched a strike past Joe Hart - his first goal in 14 attempts.

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. We were in control at 1-0 up and then all of a sudden 2-1 down and it looks as if you are going away losers.

"I thought the boys put a great effort in, especially as some hadn't played for a long time and you could see we were getting a wee bit exhausted towards the end".

"Overall the objective is to qualify and we are top of the group".

The draw leaves England looking assured of winning the qualifying group, bar any late collapse, but means Scotland still face a tough task to pip Slovakia and Slovenia to the play-off spot.

He said: "We're never going to blame each other, we're not that team - the bigger picture is far more important". There was a great atmosphere and the way the game panned out, it was a good point.

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