Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths 'gutted' after England's last-gasp leveller

England captain Harry Kane describes his side's 2-2 draw with Scotland as a point gained having scored a 93rd-minute equaliser at Hampden Park.

England looked to be crawling towards a just deserved albeit boring 1-0 win thanks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's finish but two wonder strikes from Leigh Griffiths in the 87th and 90th minute put Scotland on the brink of their first win against the Three Lions since 1985. The Manchester City outcast drew criticism from some quarters after failing to keep out a pair of late free-kicks from Leigh Griffiths that put England on the brink of a first qualifying defeat since 2009 at Hampden Park, although Southgate insists he was never going to play against France.

England's eight-year unbeaten run in qualifying was kept intact by captain-for the-day Harry Kane's stoppage-time equaliser.

That midfield will look different the next time England take the field in a World Cup qualifier, if only because Dier picked up a yellow card midway through the second half which will see him suspended for the game against Malta in September.

"We knew it was going to be tough away from home in an global qualifier and with Scotland doing everything to stay in the World Cup".

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

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

The Spurs striker, top scorer in the Premier League last season with 29 goals, is not so prolific for the Three Lions with only five goals in 17 appearances and is keen for that statistic to improve.

England's first chance arrived after 17 minutes when Harry Kane blazed the ball over the bar.

"Our objective is to qualify and we're still top of the group". "We think he can challenge for the number one spot going forward". "They did have the bulk of possession, which you expect them to do - they're a good team, their players play at a high, high level".

England beat Italy 3-1 in the semi-finals in South Korea on Thursday and will face Venezuela in Sunday's final with a chance to claim the first world title for any age-group England team since the full men's side triumphed in 1966.

At this point, the three points looked relatively safe for England; Scotland had barely threatened, and Southgate's side would have been confident they could see the game out.

"But the second one we had the ball on the counter and we've lost it and we weren't set up to defend".

Southgate added: "I have a feeling I might have been sitting here talking about how long it was since he last scored for England if he hadn't scored it".

"Obviously, I was wearing the armband but I think we've got a lot of leaders in the team". The manager told me just before training on Friday. I have a steady mind and I know my ambitions, I know what I want to do, and this team has great ambition.


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