Kane silences Scotland's celebration with late leveller

Vincent De Villiers
Junho 20, 2017

Southgate refused to blame his side for conceding the second late free-kick from which Scotland scored, and is happy group leaders England still have qualification for Russian Federation in their own hands - although Slovakia will close with two points by beating Lithuania, while Slovenia are three points back.

But with a famous victory on the cards, Kane levelled in stoppage time to deflate the Tartan Army and the Celtic forward.

Wagner added a second five minutes later with a header from Joshua Kimmich, then got his second before the half-hour mark when Kimmich's quickly taken free kick found Amin Younes, who passed across to the Hoffenheim striker.

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.

"We knew it was going to be tough and credit to them for standing there and getting the two goals, but it was nice to not lose the game".

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

Kane had come close on several occasions as Scotland sat in with a 5-4-1 formation, although the hosts improved for a spell after Jake Livermore's deflected effort hit the post just after half-time. Kane's strike, his sixth in 18 England games, was a sucker-punch for Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, whose side remain in fourth place, four points off a possible playoff berth.

England traveled to Glasgow without Nathaniel Clyne who was forced to pull out through injury, whereas Tottenham star Harry Kane earned the honour to wear the captain's armband in Wayne Rooney's absence.

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"When I first came into the England squad, Wazza [Rooney] was great with me".

A draw leaves England top of Group F, with Slovenia three points back and Slovakia able to cut the gap to two with victory over Lithuania. "It's not three points but it could be a massive point in the end", he said.

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.

England looked more unsafe on the rare occasions they got their opponents turning and Kane had another half chance, with Craig Gordon stranded after coming out of box to head away a long ball.

"I felt we controlled the game for large parts and opened the scoring".

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

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

It was Griffith's first goals for his country and he admitted afterwards that he was happy to get off the mark. As a player you just get on with it but as a manager that was hard work. "I was quite late reacting to it, I didn't see it until late on and had to swing an arm at it, but didn't get enough on it to keep it out".

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