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Harry Kane denies Scotland win over England in frantic final minutes

The only word to describe it is bedlam. It was certainly difficult to make sense of that extraordinary finale other than to say that, ultimately, Harry Kane showed everyone right at the end why Gareth Southgate had made him England captain for the day. It was the 93rd minute when he denied Scotland their “football, bloody hell” moment and, in the process, he might have secured the armband on a longer basis.

That, however, tells only part of the story bearing in mind England had seemed to be coasting towards a relatively straightforward 1-0 win, courtesy of a goal from their substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, before all that late drama when Leigh Griffiths left the home nation on the point of rare euphoria. The two free-kicks Griffiths expertly placed beyond Joe Hart came in the 87th and 89th minutes and it is doubtful Hampden has ever made more noise than when the second one curled into the England net.

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