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Kane silences Scotland's celebration with late England leveller

19 June 2017

"That was the one, at 60 years old that could have been the best result of my footballing career", he told ITV.

"To do what they did was phenomenal".

"I was pleased I didn't see people lying on the floor, they were back at it. It was like a middleweight fighting a heavyweight".

Strachan also applauded the contribution of Griffiths. Griffiths levelled the scores with a brilliantly executed free-kick that beat Hart to his left, the first time that England have conceded on the road to Russian Federation. It was just phenomenal.

"He led the line brilliantly and Chris Martin came on and did well as well".

Captain Harry Kane earned England a point in stoppage time after a stunning late Leigh Griffiths double looked like giving Scotland a memorable victory at Hampden. "Sometimes in worldwide football, surprises happen and that was nearly the case at Hampden".

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had given England the lead in the 70th minute after some poor Scotland defending, but Griffiths picked the ideal moment to break his worldwide duck in his 13th cap.

It was great for me personally to lead the team out, a very, very proud moment and to get that goal at the end made it even more special. It was a special feeling.

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England team: Hart, Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Bertrand, Dier, Livermore, Lallana, Alli, Rashford, Kane.

As always, Twitter had something to say about Hart's unusual choice of head-wear and well, we weren't disappointed. The questions around us centre on character, centre on the ability to withstand things that go against you and that is what we have to show. There was a great atmosphere and the way the game panned out, it was a good point.

"With the amount of possession we had, the game should have been put to bed by the stage they scored".

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. Rooney was not selected by Southgate for this particular worldwide break, and there are questions as to how long before Rooney decides to hang up his England boots for good.

"But we are identifying those areas and we'll keep working on it".

"Ultimately it's not three points, but could be a massive point in the end".

"We proved that on our day we can match anybody".

"It's a good ball for them". Before the game we would have taken the point but it was just the way it happened, but that's football for you.

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England manager Southgate felt his men let the match get away from them, although praised their spirit to recover.

"I am disappointed but it's important we have that never-say-die attitude".

- There were just two minutes and 58 seconds between Griffiths' first and second direct free-kick strikes for Scotland.

"We did that and it was a real quality finish under pressure to get the point". In the marines, they are life and death situations and we took as much as we could from the game and stood up to be counted.

"We look at opposition set plays before every game and we knew Griffiths had a great free-kick on him", added Kane.

"We're disappointed, but we've got to be proud of ourselves as well".

"However the objective is to qualify and we still sit top of the group".

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