Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths 'gutted' after England's last-gasp leveller


Harry Kane's injury-time goal gave England a 2-2 draw after a insane finish to their World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Saturday with Leigh Griffiths having struck twice for the home side in the final three minutes.

England were heading for a first qualifying defeat since October 2009 after Leigh Griffiths struck two glorious late free-kicks to wipe out substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's 70th-minute opener.

Southgate refused to blame his side for conceding the second late free-kick from which Scotland scored, and is happy group leaders England still have qualification for Russian Federation in their own hands - although Slovakia will close with two points by beating Lithuania, while Slovenia are three points back.

Scotland were heartbroken, as they almost stole three points off England until Harry Kane's stoppage-time equaliser.

England still have work to do to secure World Cup qualification, but preparations for Russian Federation are well under way as Gareth Southgate attempts to prevent their all-too-frequent major tournament struggles. It has been a while since I've scored for England and it was special.

"We did that and it was a real quality finish under pressure to get the point".

"We have four games left and four very winnable games and as long as we take the performances from the last two games we will give ourselves a great chance".

"Obviously I do not know what the gaffer's feeling is on it". People look at one player now to drag them through but we have plenty of leaders in the team to try and change the game.

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"It's a good ball for them". I did not want to lose my first game as captain, that's for sure - especially against Scotland. "It was like a middleweight fighting a heavyweight". But in a breathless denouement, Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane dispatched a deep cross at the back post to preserve England's unbeaten record in Group F and deny Scotland a first win over their oldest rivals since 1999.

"It's not often they come off".

"Griffiths to score the goals he did after the work he put in that's taking drive to a new level".

England vs Scotland went from a bang average game of football to absolute madness In the space of eight minutes.

"It is annoying for them to do so much and have a result that could have been one of the best results ever".

"I can't be annoyed", Strachan said. Wayne Rooney was England's captain when he held a regular place in the team and Chelsea defender Gary Cahill skippered the side for England's March friendly against Germany in Dortmund.

"I felt we controlled the game for large parts and eventually opened the scoring with about 20 minutes left".

"I think we had three down with cramp as well".

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