“For me it was great to get that goal and be captain but whoever the gaffer chooses, there are plenty of leaders”.
“We managed to stay calm”, he said. They stuck their chests out, held their heads up, walked back to the centre circle and said “Let’s get something from this”.
“Harry Kane has scored 20 goals and was top scorer in the Premier League and I don’t think he done much all game”, he said.
But Kane stunned the crowd two minutes into injury time when he volleyed home a ideal pass from Raheem Sterling, a goal that prevented what would have been England’s first World Cup qualifying loss since a defeat to Ukraine in 2009.
The game had disappointed for long spells in the June sunshine in Glasgow but was sparked into life when Oxlade-Chamberlain, introduced by Southgate only moments earlier, opened the scoring on 70 minutes. That is what is good about this team.
The omission of John Stones from the back four nearly went unnoticed but it is hugely significant when he is the one defender capable of improving a team striving to play a higher standard of possession football.
“A big part of it is about being in hard situations”, Kane said of the boot camp.
“It was something I have always dreamed about as most kids do”.
England striker Harry Kane has described his side’s 2-2 draw with Scotland on Saturday as “a point gained” after they kept their unbeaten qualifying record alive with a late equaliser.
“This is a tough place to come”. Teams with less to pull upon have fared better than the Scots under Strachan’s guidance.
“It looked like we would go on and win the game, but out of nowhere they score two free-kicks”.
“Suddenly it looks like a bad day at the office.
So to then go again as a team and for no-one to drop their heads, it was a proud moment”. But after March’s last-gasp 1-0 win over Slovenia, this was another display to nourish hope of a first major tournament appearance since the 1998 World Cup.
“But we are identifying those areas and we’ll keep working on it”.
The 114th meeting of global football’s oldest rivals initially looked to be going the visitors’ way after substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hushed the Hampden roar.
“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”.
England goalkeeper Joe Hart says he has not yet had any offers as he prepares for a future away from Manchester City. Germany fielded players from 11 different clubs in their starting lineup, the first time that has happened in 57 years, as coach Joachim Loew gave starts to some of his less experienced players.
But Hart insists that such was the quality of the Scotland hero’s strikes, he had no chance of saving them, and he congratulated the Celtic frontman on producing his two moments of magic that took his country to the brink of a famous victory.