Gareth Southgate making plans for Russian Federation despite draw with Scotland

Gareth Southgate making plans for Russian Federation despite draw with Scotland

Gareth Southgate making plans for Russian Federation despite draw with Scotland

The 30-year-old was criticised for standing leaden-footed in the England goal as two free kicks from Scotland's Leigh Griffiths sailed either side of him into the net in the dramatic end to Saturday's World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park.

On a sun-kissed Glasgow afternoon, England took the lead in the 70th minute when substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's left-foot strike beat home goalkeeper Craig Gordon's flimsy attempt at a save.

Harry Kane is eager to become England captain on a permanent basis after skippering his country for the first time in the 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Scotland on the weekend.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker described that as "the most special moment" of his worldwide career, as he complemented captaining the global side for the first time with that key late goal, and thereby showed exactly the type of leadership Gareth Southgate had asked for in the build-up. To be 2-1 down in stoppage time, to get that goal is special.

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

"It's a game we should win, a game we were in total control of", the England boss told ITV. But we should never be beaten.

"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, ".

Scotland keeper Gordon accentuated the positives from a thrilling encounter, saying: "It is still a point and we probably would have taken that before the start".

"I'm a huge Carrick fan but we need now to put others in those positions and give them the chance to solve the problem looking at the longer term".

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Hart, ostracised by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and likely to leave the Premier League club this summer, was also guilty of high-profile mistakes during last summer's European Championships as England were embarrassingly eliminated by Iceland.

"The end for me is a significant moment because the character of the team has to come through in these moments", said England manager Gareth Southgate, whose side face France in a friendly in Paris on Tuesday.

"We've obviously gone into this game without Jack (Wilshere), (Jordan) Henderson, (Danny) Drinkwater, (Fabian) Delph", Southgate said. I know what I want to do and this team has great ambition.

"We proved that on our day we can match anybody". I will look at the players and tell them you have to keep coming back and taking knocks like that.

Scotland headed into the game with few expectations after a disappointing 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign so far, whereas England had yet to even conceded a goal, and sat top of Group F.

"We should never gotten into that position with the amount of quality in our side".

"The first free-kick is careless, the second is a slip so I'm not sure there's a lot we could have done about that", he added.

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