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Not Even The Referee Noticed Joe Hart's Blunder vs Scotland

13 June 2017, 07:16 | Jackie Morgan

Despite the draw against Scotland England remain top of Group F

Scotland and England players

Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had given the Three Lions a seventieth minute lead from close range.

Scotland turned the game on its head though, as Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths scored two free kicks from an nearly identical position within three minutes of each other.

But a boisterous Hampden Park was silenced deep into injury time as Harry Kane met Raheem Sterling's cross to snatch a 2-2 draw for England.

Southgate's side upped their level: Kane forced a smart save from Gordon with a snap header from Ryan Bertrand's cross... and then came the opener.

"It (the goal) is definitely up at the top, it was a special day", Kane said on ITV1.

"I should be absolutely delighted with two goals and man of the match, walking in here with three points. There was a real quality finish as well, under pressure, to get the point", he said.

"We look at set-plays and we knew Griffiths had a great free-kick in him".

Livermore hit the post five minutes into the half after his shot took a heavy deflection off Robertson and Scotland, with James McArthur on for the injured James Morrison, survived some nervous seconds before the ball was finally safe.

Southgate added: "I have a feeling I might have been sitting here talking about how long it was since he last scored for England if he hadn't scored it".

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.

"I don't want to talk about being low". "A lot of people would say we're favourites to win the group but when you look at the other teams Scotland are as good as any of them".

Joe Hart retains the backing of England manager Gareth Southgate but another goalkeeper will get the chance to prove his worth in the season-ending friendly in France.

"We didn't drop our heads when the second went in".

"It was like a middleweight fighting a heavyweight".

Berra thinks Gordon Strachan's side will still take plenty of positives from the draw and their performance.

The 114th meeting of worldwide football's oldest foes was a naturally tense affair, with the hosts looking to keep their dreams of reaching Russian Federation alive as Gareth Southgate's men attempted to tighten their grip on top spot. If I go that route with anybody then I don't think that's the right thing to do.

"I am not standing here saying we have not got a hell of a lot of work to do, but I have to focus on the actions of the team coming back from adversity".

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



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