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Tuesday, 13 Jun, 2017

Harry Kane's injury-time goal gave England a 2-2 draw after a insane finish to their World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Saturday with Leigh Griffiths having struck twice for the home side in the final three minutes.

England were heading for a first qualifying defeat since October 2009 after Leigh Griffiths struck two glorious late free-kicks to wipe out substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's 70th-minute opener.

However, captain Harry Kane's late volley ensured both sides came away from the thrilling encounter with a point in the World Cup qualifier and Southgate lauded England's fans as well as the team's character.

"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", said the striker.

"I want to save it, of course, but the wall want to block it but we didn't so we got on with it and we scored the next goal which was the important thing in the time that we had".

Despite the disappointment of missing out on a first win over England since 1999, Griffiths said Scotland would draw strength from their performance. In the marines, they are life and death situations and we took as much as we could from the game and stood up to be counted. That's what we have got to show - we have to be a team that are never beaten.

"At 1-0 the challenge is to see games like that out or finish them with a second goal, and that highlighted an area we have to get better at", Southgate said. "It's not three points but it could be a massive point in the end", he said.

"I don't think there's anything Joe Hart could have done about them and you just have to give credit where it is due". 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.

The Tottenham striker, who has topped the Premier League scoring charts for the past two seasons, did his ambitions little harm by netting a stoppage-time equaliser at Hampden Park on Saturday.

"The way the game panned out, it was a good point for us". We had a couple of marines come here from the weekend to watch.

"The objective is to qualify and we're top of the group". "I think going 2-1 down in the manner that we did, a lot of heads could have dropped or people could have been sulking or so forth".

"On our day we can match any-body. Butland was in pole position before he got that injury in Germany past year". That goalkeeping situation, we need to give players an opportunity, game time. "One point is not what we wanted but nothing in football surprises me", he told BBC Radio 5 live.