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Southgate calls for more clinical England after late Scotland drama

But Kane stunned the Tartan Army in the second minute of stoppage time with an equaliser in what was his first game as England captain.

Substitute Oxlade-Chamberlain cut inside from the right before bursting into the box and firing past Craig Gordon for the breakthrough.

The Celtic forward fired home two stunning free-kicks to put Scotland on the brink of a shock victory.

Harry Kane is eager to become England captain on a permanent basis after skippering his country for the first time in the 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Scotland on the weekend.

Speaking about captaining the Three Lions, Kane admitted that it was the "most special moment" of his career thus far.

The 23-year-old said: "It looked like we're going to win the game and all of a sudden, it looks like we're going to lose".

"But everyone stood up to it".

Darvydas Sernas's goal for the hosts came deep into injury time and too late to mount a desperate late comeback.

"Today we've done that".

"It (the goal) is definitely up at the top, it was a special day", Kane said on ITV1. "I've shared the leadership around and I think that's important".

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Kane's goal was the Tottenham Hotspur striker's sixth in 18 global appearances and came at the end of his first game under Southgate, after injuries had kept him out of England's six previous matches. One pass, one header goes somewhere else and we win the game.

It kept an unimpressive England on course for next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation and dealt a savage blow to Scotland's already dwindling chances, BBC reports. It could be a big point for us. First, Leigh Griffiths, who had never scored for the national team, pulled a rabbit out of his hat not once but twice to give Scotland the lead with two incredible free kicks.

He curled a 25-yard free kick past Joe Hart into the top corner in the 87th, and repeated the trick just three minutes later as he bent the ball into the opposite side of the goal.

England looked to be headed for a hard-fought win, when Lee Griffith's netted not one, but two cracking free-kicks on 87 and 90 minutes.

The former Scotland and Manchester United midfielder said he was impressed with the physical presence of Gareth Southgate's young England side - and how his men coped with it.

The crucial three points keeps Northern Ireland in second place, four clear of Czech Republic, whose qualifying hopes took a hit following a 1-1 draw at Norway. "He talked to me". We know how good this England side are. These guys are giants, they play at a different level to most of us, and they kept coming back.

Graeme Souness believes the missed opportunity to beat the "Auld Enemy" will "haunt Scottish people for decades". "That will haunt us for generations".

"When we went 2-1 down, a few lads could have been on their knees or had their heads in their hands".

Scotland: Gordon, Berra, Mulgrew, Robertson, Tierney, Brown, Armstrong, Anya (Chris Martin 81), Snodgrass (Fraser 66), Griffiths, Morrison (McArthur 45). Subs: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (on for Marcus Rashford, 65) 7, Raheem Sterling (on for Dele Alli, 83) 7, Jermaine Defoe (on for Jake Livermore) 6.



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