England goal ‘special’ for skipper Kane
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Tottenham striker nets last-gasp leveller against Scotland
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 in their World Cup qualifying clash at Hampden Park.
The 114th meeting of international football’s oldest foes was a naturally tense affair, with the hosts looking to keep their dreams of reaching Russia alive as Gareth Southgate’s men attempted to tighten their grip on top spot.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked to have set England on course for victory, only for Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths to level with a late free-kick and repeat the trick moments later.
However, Kane slammed in at the far post deep into stoppage time to break the hearts of the Tartan Army.
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“It (the goal) is definitely up at the top, it was a special day,” Kane said on ITV1.
“It looked like we were going to win the game and then like we were going to lose when 2-1 down in stoppage time.
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“To get the goal was special. I was just thinking to get good contact on it, I did not know whether the keeper was going to come, so when I saw him stay on his line... what a ball it in was, and it was just a good sidefoot into the net.”
England trained with the Royal Marines in the build-up to the match, and Kane praised the determination of the squad.
He added: “We said we had to expect the unexpected. We were in control at 1-0 up and then all of a sudden 2-1 down and it looks as if you are going away losers.
“You have to somehow find another gear and now it is not a bad point away from home.
“Obviously we wanted to win the game, there is no doubt about that, but we got a point, are still top of the (qualifying) league .
“Scotland is no easy place to come, and especially when you are 2-1 down in stoppage time, it makes it that much sweeter.
“I definitely did not want to lose in my first game as skipper, so to get that goal, it is a good day for us and a very proud day for me as well.”