Southgate calls for more clinical England after late Scotland drama

Southgate calls for more clinical England after late Scotland drama

Southgate calls for more clinical England after late Scotland drama

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.

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

The England boss took the squad away with the Royal Marines in an unorthodox start to the global break and, having boldly - if understandably - overlooked Wayne Rooney, handed Harry Kane the captaincy in Scotland.

"I definitely didn't want to lose in my first game as skipper so to get that goal; it's a good day for us and obviously a very proud day for me as well".

He added: 'It was a special feeling for me.

England were certainly strong in the way that they recovered, however the Three Lions will be disappointed with the result considering that they would have expected to win.

"We had a couple of the marines come to the game and watch us, so it was great to see them again".

"It was important to us to keep that unbeaten record going", admitted Kane.

England vs Scotland went from a bang average game of football to absolute madness In the space of eight minutes. That's what we've got to show.

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"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".

The former Scotland and Manchester United midfielder said he was impressed with the physical presence of Gareth Southgate's young England side - and how his men coped with it.

The Tottenham striker, who has topped the Premier League scoring charts for the past two seasons, is hopeful he will be selected as the new main man for England.

The visitors, already beaten 8-0 at home by the Germans earlier in the group, remained without a point. 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. I know what I want to do and this team has great ambition.

A draw leaves England top of Group F, with Slovenia three points back and Slovakia able to cut the gap to two with victory over Lithuania.

England trained with the Royal Marines in the build up to the match, and Kane praised the determination of the squad.

"I don't think Scotland are far off", he said. We played a team with four or five at the back. The manager told me just before training on Friday.

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

He said: "We have a lot of competition in the more advanced positions in midfield but we've not got great cover in deeper positions in that department".

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