England Snatch A Point In Scotland

Scotland's Scott Brown and manager Gordon Strachan during a training session at Mar Hall Glasgow
Scotland's Scott Brown and manager Gordon Strachan during a training session at Mar Hall Glasgow
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11 June, 2017

Harry Kane is still trying to replicate his Spurs form for England - but that goal and the captaincy could be the key. "The most important thing when we came in was to develop people, look at who can lead, who wants to lead, who can be encouraged to lead and to take pressure off one person that all the expectation is on, because I think that's been a problem in the recent history".

While speaking very respectfully in relation to how Gareth Southgate knows what he specifically needs for his own team ahead of their World Cup qualifier in Hampden Park on Saturday, Strachan has been more dismissive of such exercises in the past, and was interesting on it in the present.

They visitors were close to taking the lead after 27 minutes when Craig Gordon headed the ball clear and Harry Kane lobbed him but Kieran Tierney was on the line to save Scotland's blushes.

"Harry's one of a number of people I could have given the opportunity to". If I'm selected it'll be a great honour to walk out behind him. "He's demonstrated why he's one of the world's best players", added the Liverpool midfielder.

"But if Roy was still England manager I think our task would be more hard".

Lallana faced the media on the eve of the match and the former Southampton captain showed no frustration at being overlooked for the role himself. People say you play with one striker but you play two off them, getting past them. "He's got a terrific mentality and I know he is delighted to be leading the team".

The last time England and Scotland met was in a feistily-contested friendly that England won 3-0 at Wembley. Because, after a week when England have spent so much time talking about a boot camp in Devon with the Royal Marines, the Scotland manager was asked about the benefit of such events and whether they work. Everyone is different and has different styles, in training, in games, around the hotel and in meetings.

"We have got to take confidence from that, it was a really good performance, we kept the ball, passed it and created chances, and we probably should have scored a few more than we did".

Harry Kane is the latest player to be granted the honor of donning the England captain's armband. His height could also come in handy at set-pieces against a team who has its fair share of six foot-plus players. I feel like I'm a leader and there's a lot of leaders.

In his 17 caps, Kane has scored just five goals since making his debut over two years ago. Sterling, the Manchester City man, took over from Alli two minutes later.

A late tackle from Scott Brown - which was punished with a booking - set the tone for a fast start from Scotland but despite their dominance during the opening 15 minutes, they were restricted to a long-range strike from Griffiths which was well held by Joe Hart.

"I've been in contact with the boss throughout the season. It has been a great season".


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