Harry Kane’s equaliser ‘huge moment’ for England – Gareth Southgate

Former Scotland international Steve Nicol laments England’s last-gasp equaliser as ‘unprofessional’ defending by Scotland.

Gareth Southgate described Harry Kane’s last-gasp Hampden equaliser as a major moment for his England team as Scotland boss Gordon Strachan saw his greatest managerial result slip away.

The England captain netted less than 90 seconds before the end of four minutes of stoppage time to the end of a memorable World Cup qualifier.

There have been 114 meetings between the countries but none have ended as dramatically. England were on course for victory after substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain took advantage of some weak defending and goalkeeping in the 70th minute after Craig Gordon had needlessly conceded a throw-in.

But Leigh Griffiths broke his international duck in sensational fashion as he curled home a 25-yard free-kick in the 87th minute — and then repeated the feat three minutes later. However, Kane soon cushioned a volley home following Raheem Sterling’s deep cross.

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Southgate said: “It’s a huge moment for the team. The questions around this centre on character, on the ability to withstand events that go against you. That’s what we have got to show — we have to be a team that are never beaten. Maybe the clock runs

Article source: http://www.espnfc.com/world-cup-qualifying-uefa/story/3141629/harry-kanes-equaliser-against-scotland-a-huge-moment-for-england-gareth-southgate

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