Captain Kane: We dug deep

Harry Kane England

Harry Kane hailed his England side’s character after they managed a last-minute equaliser against Scotland in Saturday's World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park.

England, who had taken the lead on 70 minutes via a solo effort from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, were left stunned when two spectacular free-kicks from Scotland forward Lee Griffiths, in the final minutes of regular time, found their way past Joe Hart and handed Scotland the opportunity for an unlikely win against their old enemy.

The Three Lions rallied, however, and managed to find an equaliser in the dying seconds of injury time, Harry Kane finishing neatly from Raheem Stirling's excellent cross.

Speaking to reporters after match, Kane, who had been handed the captain's armband for the 114th meeting between the two nations, highlighted his side's temperament in earning a vital point which keeps them at the top of Group F.

“It was fantastic,” Kane said when asked about the character of the England team.

“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," the Tottenham striker said.

“But everyone stood up to it. They dug deep and found a goal out of nothing, really, so that’s what it’s about. It is about standing up and being counted and we did that today.

“Obviously I was wearing the armband today but I think we’ve got a lot of leaders in the team. 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.

“I think being part of a leader is standing up when it matters and to get that goal at the end was important.

“Scotland scoring two goals late on and you look at four minutes left, so to get anything from the game is always a point gained,” he added.

“We come away fairly happy with it and in a good position to qualify for the World Cup. I don’t think it was tougher than what we expected because we always expect to have tough games, especially against your rivals.

“We knew it was going to be tough away from home, international qualifier, Scotland are doing everything to stay in the World Cup.

“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 obviously not lose the game,” the Premier League's top scorer for 2016/17 concluded.

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