Harry Kane heartened by England character in dramatic draw with Scotland

Ross Houston
June 13, 2017

"I don't think Scotland are far off", he said.

"We managed to stay calm", he said.

"But, they stuck their chests out, walked back to the centre circle and said: 'Let's get something from it'".

Kane, who was handed the captain's armband for the first time, said: "I would say that is probably the most special moment for me".

"I don't think it was tougher than what we expected because we always expect to have tough games, especially against your rivals". On the most basic level, it was significant that he scored at all: that was his first global goal in over a year (although he has missed games through injury), and he spoke this week about how his tally for England isn't what it could be, particularly in comparison to his record with Spurs.

'A good captain leads by example on and off the pitch as a role model. That is what is good about this England team.

"A big part of it is about being in hard situations", Kane said of the boot camp.

Strachan's own situation has, of course, been intrinsically linked to struggles which preceded the March win over Slovenia and the briefly stirring events of Saturday. "I think it is clear that our record is three knockout wins in 25 years so we now have a young team emerging, a 19- and a 21-year-old in the front line today, they haven't played many matches like this".

Such lofty ambitions means all decisions have been made with the World Cup in Russian Federation in mind, even if Saturday's 2-2 draw at Scotland saw their lead at the top of Group F cut to just two points.

"The challenge is how do we become the best team in the world?"

Speaking about that position particularly, he said: 'We've gone into this game without Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson, Danny Drinkwater and Fabian Delph but there's no one else playing in that position - you're looking at [veterans] Michael Carrick and Gareth Barry.

"We went there to get a result but it wasn't to be", the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi told reporters yesterday.

"Suddenly it looks like a bad day at the office".

The top team in each of the nine UEFA qualifying groups will secure a direct berth in next year's World Cup. People come up to you and say: 'Keep it up, keep it going.' That energises you. "Sometimes in global football, surprises happen and that was nearly the case at Hampden".

Kane's late response was cruel for Scotland, whose supporters had been vociferously celebrating a thrilling turnaround, meaning they remain in fourth place on eight points with four matches still to play.

"They've got to try and win now while we've got to concentrate on us and try to win the next couple of games to qualify".

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.

England goalkeeper Joe Hart, whose Manchester City future remains in limbo following a loan spell at Torino, got nowhere near either shot, by Southgate absolved him of blame. You need to give people game time; in the past one or two goalkeepers have given up worldwide football because they haven't had the chance.

"And to be fair to him, he's struck two fantastic free-kicks at the death".

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