WORLD CUP QUALIFIER: SCOTLAND 2-2 ENGLAND

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England captain Harry Kane scores late goal to save the match against Scotland on his debut as skipper

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Arsenal striker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring for England. Just in time, England Captain Harry Kane volleyed in an injury-time equalizer to tie the score against the Scots 2-2 after Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths came through with two superlative free kicks that looked like legend-making magic to Scottish fans as the strikes went to the right and left of England super goalie No.1, Joe Hart.  Scotland were ever so close to their first win over the auld enemy since 1999 - their first at Hampden since 1985. Gordon Strachan’s Scotland side almost tasted victory against their arch-rivals England, but instead, two precious World Cup points went up in smoke. England’s long unbeaten record in World Cup qualification matches continues! Buy all World Cup 2018 Russia tickets for England from LiveFootballTickets.com!

Scotland 2-2 England

Scotland goals: Griffiths (87’min, 90’min)
England goals: Oxlade-Chamberlain (70’min), Kane (90’+ 3min)

England goalkeepers (Burnley's) Tom Heaton and (Stoke's) Jack Butland will each play a half for England against France on Tuesday at the Stade de France in Paris in their upcoming International friendly against France.England No.1 goalkeeper Joe Hart, who conceded two late free-kicks against Scotland in the World Cup 2018 First Round qualifier on Saturday in Glasgow will not travel to Paris with the first team for the friendly against France.

"It was never my intention to play Joe in this game," said England manager Gareth Southgate before the match in Paris.

Scotland v England - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

England Captain Harry Kane volleys in an injury-time equalizer to tie score against Scotland 2-2

Tottenham Hotspur star striker Harry Kane will remain captain after leading his England side as they drew 2-2 with Scotland in a fight to the finish on Saturday. In his past four appearances for club and country combined, Harry Kane has scored nine goals.

Thirty-one-year-old Heaton will make his debut start for England in a career that has seen him play in all four divisions in England. Heaton did not feature on the first team at Manchester United and has since played for Swindon, Antwerp, Cardiff, QPR, Rochdale, Wycombe and Bristol City as well as the Clarets.

Heaton will be winning his third cap for England with both of his previous appearances coming off the bench.

"Obviously I have played across all four divisions, the ambition never left me, that hunger to play for England," Heaton said. "It might have felt, for other people, a long way off at certain times, playing down in League Two, but I never lost that belief."

Manchester City goalkeeper Hart played the full 90 minutes at Hampden Park, giving up two late free kicks from Scotland’s Leigh Griffiths.

After the match, Southgate was asked if Hart was at fault for the goals.

"They were great free-kicks. Beyond that, coaching conversations I have with players stay private,” said Southgate. "If we go down that route then it's not the right thing to do. I go back to the concession of free-kicks being the starting point. There are many areas we could have done better."

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Thirty-year-old Joe Hart has won 71 caps for England. However, Hart faces fierce competition from Butland, Heaton, and Southampton's Fraser Forster to keep his No.1 shirt.

"You need to give players the opportunity," said Southgate. "In the past, one or two keepers have given up international football because they've not had that chance, so I'm conscious of keeping players involved."

Butland returned to active play in late April after being sidelined with a fractured ankle while on England duty in March 2016.

"We think he can also challenge for the number one spot,” said Southgate. "It is a difficult call on Fraser, who is also a very good keeper. With those four and [Sunderland's] Jordan Pickford, plus a couple of lads coming up potentially from the Championship next year, we are very healthy."

England’s clash with France on Tuesday will be the first senior England fixture with a video assistant referee. The use of VARs is being trialed by world governing body Fifa and may feature in next year's World Cup. Italian Davide Massa will referee the match, with two conventional assistant referees.

The Oasis song Don't Look Back in Anger will be played before the game as the French pay their respects to those killed in the recent attacks in London and Manchester. Fans will hold up red and white placards to form the England flag as the song is played just before the players emerge from the tunnel. Both teams will wear black armbands and a minute's silence will also be observed prior to the match.

England have won only one of their past six away games against France (D1 L4) - a 1-0 win under Glenn Hoddle in June 1997. However, they did win their last meeting with Les Bleus, in a friendly at Wembley in November 2015 (2-0).

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JUN 10 2017 World Cup 2018 Qualifiers Scotland 2-2 England Hampden Park - Glasgow, United Kingdom

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England captain Harry Kane scores late goal to save the match on his debut as skipper

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Scotland’s Leigh Griffiths celebrates after coming through with two superlative free kicks

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England's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opens scoring for England 

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England's No.1 goalkeeper Joe Hart

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World Cup 2014 : England 4-1 Montenegro

England defeated Montenegro in front of 83,807 spectators.

Itt was a good night for Roy Hodgson.

Townsend scored England’s first goal and scored the third to seal the win in the second half.

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Since Poland were beaten by Ukraine, England are assured of a play-off place but have to win on Tuesday to qualify as winners of group H.

Wayne Rooney opened the scoring. England were two goals ahead through Branko Boskovic’s own goal.

Dejan Damjanovic made the score 2-1 on 71 minutes.

Hodgson selected Townsend, arguing that he had given plenty of young players like Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling a chance, and would have played Daniel Sturridge, a starter and a goalscorer last night, much more often but for injury. 

Hodgson selected Sturridge, Rooney and Welbeck. Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard were selected in preference to Michael Carrick and Jack Wilshere, both late substitutes. 

England’s second goal came on 62 minutes when Sturridge stole possession and fed Welbeck down the left. Boskovic succeeded in steering the ball past his own goalkeeper.

With less than 20 minutes left, Montenegro's  substitute Fatos Beqiraj’s shot was re-directed past Hart by Damjanovic.

In injury time Sturridge won a penalty at the expense of Kecojevic and scored to give England four goals.

England (4-2-3-1): Hart; Walker, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Gerrard, Lampard; Townsend, Rooney, Welbeck; Sturridge.

Montenegro (4-4-1-1): Poleksic; Pavicevic, Savic, Kecojevic, Jovanovic; Boskovic, Drincic, Zverotic, Volkov; Jovetic; Damjanovic.

Booked: England Walker Montenegro Pavicevic, Volkov

England  National Team Squad:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham).

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Andros Townsend (Tottenham), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United).

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 Rooney has been capped 84 times by England, and has 36 international goals to his name.

England currently lead Group H with 16 points from eight games. They will battle Montenegro and Poland in the nation’s final two qualification matches at Wembley Stadium in London on 11th and 15th October.

Rooney admitted that the two games will not be easy for England, but believes his side have the quality to attain victories in both matches.

Rooney has warned his mates to not underestimate their opponents.

“We're going to do it. We're going to get to the World Cup”, Rooney told FA’s official site," said Rooney. "I'm confident, we're confident, but you always have to be sure you're not over-confident.

“These are going to be two tough games for us, but we're good enough to do it."

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Victory over Montenegro at Wembley on Friday and another win at home to Poland next week will secure England's place at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

A loss would see England in a play-off.

England haven't beaten Montenegro in their three previous encounters.

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Goals will be at a premium but experienced Manchester United forward Rooney believes there are several players in the England squad who can help him deliver the needed goals.

"It is probably the best group of strikers we have had since I have been in the England squad," Rooney said. "Rickie Lambert is scoring goals for Southampton and has done really well for England. Jermain Defoe and I have been around a bit longer and Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck bring a lot of energy. Overall, it is a really good blend."

"Daniel has been in tremendous form for Liverpool this season," said Rooney. "He has scored a lot of goals. He has been given a vote of confidence by the manager at Liverpool who has trusted him to play up front. He has delivered.

"I am sure if we play together we will try and work together, try and link up and try and score goals between the two of us."

"We will need the experienced players," said Rooney." Obviously there are more younger players in the squad than there has ever been. The experienced players have been there and done it. They can keep that calmness for us.

"It is a tense situation. There are a lot of nerves and sometimes you can hear that through the crowd as well. It is going to be really important that our experienced players help us in those games."

"For a country like ours, with the talent we have, it would be a failure not to qualify," Rooney said when asked about the prospect of Roy Hodgson's team failing to get to Brazil. "As players, we will all take the responsibility if we don't get there. But we are positive and excited about the games coming up. We have to be confident in ourselves. We believe in ourselves."

World Cup 2014 Group H Update - England Tickets

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World Cup 2014 Group H Update - England

England is in first place ahead of Ukraine in the Group H qualifying round.

"My life at the moment is on these two games," said England manager Roy Hodgson.

"As for the doomsday scenarios put before me, I won't have to confront them because I believe and am confident the team will do it."

The 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group H is a UEFA qualifying group for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The group comprises England, Montenegro, Ukraine, Poland, Moldova and San Marino.

The group winners will qualify to compete in the 2014 FIFA World Cup competition in Brazil.

Among the nine group runners-up, the eight best runners-up will advance to the play-offs, where they will be drawn into four home-and-away ties to determine the other four qualifiers.

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