Harry Kane comes to England's rescue against Scotland

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 15, 2017

England team: Hart, Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Bertrand, Dier, Livermore, Lallana, Alli, Rashford, Kane. But we
managed to stay calm. "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". To score that goal... it has been a while since I scored a goal for England.

"We got ourselves into decent positions and didn't quite finish but the objective's to qualify and we still sit top of the group". "It is about standing up and being counted and we did that today", he told reporters.

The England support drew unfavourable comparisons between their oldest rival in worldwide football and San Marino, suggesting, impolitely, that Scotland were inferior to Europe's whipping boys.

Gordon Strachan rued missing out on the "best result of my footballing career" as Scotland were denied a famous victory in a dramatic World Cup qualifier against England. I am not someone who gets too irate or too low.

As for Scotland, they now find themselves in fourth place in Group F, six points behind leaders England and in serious danger of missing out on a major finals once again.

England looked more risky 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.

"But you cant switch off against this England side, because they will punish you and that is what they did in the end".

England eventually established a foothold in the match and created - and missed - the first chance in the 18th minute.

"I think you saw both teams going down with cramp", the England boss said at Hampden Park.

The visitors, already beaten 8-0 at home by the Germans earlier in the group, remained without a point. One pass, one header goes somewhere else and we win the game. Suddenly it looked like a bad day at the office for us.

"We are disappointed but we have got to be proud of ourselves".

"It was important to us to keep that unbeaten record going", admitted Kane.

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

Kane claimed England were aware of the threat Leigh Griffiths posed from set pieces, although his initial description of the Celtic striker as "their lad up front" perhaps suggested otherwise.

"So these memories will be with me - I will look at the players and tell them you have to keep coming back and taking knocks like that".

Griffiths was well wide with a couple of efforts but he soon found his range in sensational fashion, with two free-kicks putting Scotland in the driving seat. Even as I was doing well with my club he was giving me a little phone call or text to say "things could change for you as you play more and get bigger".

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