Kane reflects on ´special´ goal after England rescue job

Posted June 20, 2017

Harry Kane is keen to become the permanent England captain after wearing the armband for the first time in the dramatic 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Scotland at the weekend.

It looked as though the Three Lions were on course for a routine three points when substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the beneficiary of poor goalkeeping from Craig Gordon with 20 minutes remaining. Griffiths scored his first-ever goal for Scotland today from a lovely free kick and immediately scored another one in three minutes' time for a stunning late show at Hampden Park. However Kane managed to net an equalizer during stoppage time, much to the disappointment of the home fans.

England still have work to do to secure World Cup qualification, but preparations for Russian Federation are well under way as Gareth Southgate attempts to prevent their all-too-frequent major tournament struggles.

Scotland next travel to Lithuania and then host Malta and Slovakia, who are four points ahead of Strachan's side in second, before facing Slovenia away from home in their final group game. "And, if we play like that, we've got a great chance".

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

"Because the difference of where the players play and the standard we were playing against, the gulf was probably the biggest gap I have seen for a wee while in big games which I have won".

Berra admits the Scotland dressing-room at Hampden Park was a miserable place after Saturday's draw with England.

Kane, who has led the Premier League's scoring charts for the last two seasons, had mixed emotions at fulltime.

England trained with the Royal Marines in the build up to the match, and Kane praised the determination of the squad. That timely intervention, just moments after two free-kicks by Leigh Griffiths had taken Scotland to the verge of a first win in this fixture in 17 years, maintained England's unbeaten qualifying campaign at the top of Group F.

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"But one lapse of concentration has cost us in the end and instead of getting three points we got one".

"We have to keep the ball better, because we were (breaking) in a three-on-one attack". As a manager that was hard work.

It was Griffith's first goals for his country and he admitted afterwards that he was happy to get off the mark.

And Southgate was disappointed England only emerged with a point in a game he felt they controlled.

"It is about standing up and being counted and we did that today".

"We look at set-plays and we knew Griffiths had a great free-kick in him". But we should never be beaten.

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

The first proper chance came on 17 minutes when Kane - skippering England for the first time - beat the offside trap with lovely control inside Kieran Tierney, but blasted a left-footed half volley over the bar.