Tottenham Hotspur: Kane late strike rescues England at Hampden

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I am not someone who gets too irate or too low.

"But the second one we had the ball on the counter and we've lost it and we weren't set up to defend".

England have now gone 35 games and nearly eight years since they last lost a World Cup or European Championship qualifying match.

Strachan also hailed his team's character as fourth-placed Scotland missed the chance to inflict a first Hampden defeat on England since 1985 while dropping two Group F points.

Southgate was particularly pleased that his players had shown exactly the kind of approach he had demanded from them during their team talks in the week's build-up.

"To score two goals that late in the game we just have to see the game out but it was a poor pass when it was three on one in the attack and they put the ball in the box for a great finish from Harry Kane".

"It was like a middleweight boxer fighting a heavyweight, they kept getting hit".

"First and foremost they were definitely great free-kicks, "he said".

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Three Lions substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked to have set the visitors on course for a World Cup qualifying victory with a 70th-minute opener. "People have said that there is a lack of leaders in this team but I don't think that is the case", added Southgate.

"Not only did we discuss how we wanted to play but we discussed how we needed to be if events turned against us".

Southgate, who reserved judgement on Joe Hart's attempts to save the free-kicks, said: "We deserved to be ahead and then there was a mad minute and a half".

"I thought the boys put a great effort in, especially as some hadn't played for a long time and you could see we were getting a wee bit exhausted towards the end". Even as I was doing well with my club he was giving me a phone call or text to say, "Things could change for you as you play more and get bigger".

"We've come into a hostile atmosphere; we've controlled the game completely".

"It was probably one of the most emotional games ever in my managerial career. We knew it was going to be tough away from home, global qualifier, Scotland are doing everything to stay in the World Cup". I don't think it was tougher than what we expected because we always expect to have tough games, especially against your rivals. "If you look at the fixtures we've got, we're capable of winning them all if we can perform like that".

"But we are identifying those areas and we'll keep working on it".

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