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

11 June, 2017, 10:19 | Author: Caleb Marshall

"To do what they did was phenomenal".

"It was like watching a heavyweight boxer against a middleweight". I will look at the players and tell them you have to keep coming back and taking knocks like that.

Strachan also applauded the contribution of Griffiths.

"He led the line brilliantly, and when big Chris Martin came on he made a difference as well". Before the game we would have taken the point but it was just the way it happened, but that's football for you.

England were on course for victory after substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain took advantage of some weak defending and goalkeeping in the 70th minute after Craig Gordon had needlessly conceded a throw-in.

However, Kane slammed in at the far post deep into stoppage time to break the hearts of the Tartan Army.

Southgate said the 23-year-old Kane was delighted with the appointment.

"To be 2-1 down in stoppage time and get that goal is special".

Scotland then finish the qualification campaign at home to Slovakia and away to Slovenia.

"Today we've done that".

Lithuania, who on Saturday lost 2-1 at home to Slovakia, will be Scotland's opponents on 1 September, three days before Strachan's side host bottom side Malta.

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"On our day we can match anybody".

Griffiths felt Scotland had done themselves proud, despite not being able to hold on for what would have been a famous win.

"The questions around us centre on character and the ability to withstand events that go against you". You can't do any more than they did.

Despite the heroics of Leigh Griffiths, who lashed two free-kicks past Joe Hart in the 87th and 90th minutes, Scotland's World Cup qualification hopes remain slim.

"We proved that on our day we can match anybody".

"It is fundamental to being a top team but it is only one step in that direction, we can still improve in all areas, we all know that, but nevertheless it is a significant moment I think", he said. "We have four games left and we could win all of them".

"Two moments of brilliant quality from them turn it on its head in seconds but we should never be beaten".

Gordon Strachan, Scotland's manager, spoke of "Scotland's best ever free-kick, then their second ever best free-kick". "It's about getting the most out of the players you've got and he does that".

"It's all to play for and don't rule us out".

"We got ourselves into decent positions and didn't quite finish but the objective's to qualify and we still sit top of the group".

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