Southgate and Kane on Scotland draw

Gareth Southgate

GETTY Gareth Southgate will be looking to further strengthen England's position in their group

Harry Kane reflected on a "sweet" end to his first game as England captain after the Tottenham forward netted an equaliser deep into stoppage time to deny Scotland a famous victory at Hampden Park. "No it isn't but the change of events is remarkable", he added.

Lithuania, who on Saturday lost 2-1 at home to Slovakia, will be Scotland's opponents on 1 September, three days before Strachan's side host bottom side Malta.

The 114th meeting of global football's oldest foes was a naturally tense affair, with the hosts looking to keep their dreams of reaching Russian Federation alive as Gareth Southgate's men attempted to tighten their grip on top spot.

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.

On a sun-kissed Glasgow afternoon, England took the lead in the 70th minute when substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's left-foot strike beat home goalkeeper Craig Gordon's flimsy attempt at a save.

"It was brilliant for him that in a pressure moment, he executed a skill that he made look a lot easier than it actually was".

After six matches, Scotland, on eight points, trail Group F leaders England by six points, second-place Slovakia by four and Slovenia by three.

It was Griffiths's first Scotland goal and the first England had conceded in the campaign.

"I have been involved with Scotland for 40 years now and I can not remember anyone hitting a better free-kick and then coming away and hitting an even better one".

"And then a noise after that, that I have never heard anything like before. It's about getting the most out of the players you've got and he does that". So these memories will be with me.

"The players have had a 10-day break so to get them back into the mentality of being at their best is always hard".

"I can't be annoyed", Strachan said. I can't be annoyed.

"At 60 years old, that would have been the best result of my footballing career", said Strachan.

SCOTLAND boss Gordon Strachan summed up the feelings of a nation with his X-rated tantrum at Harry Kane's goal.

"It's not often they come off".

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