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.

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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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"Not the result we were looking for last night. On a positive note, it's been an extremely successful year with the England team. We achieved our goal of qualification and we'll do everything we can to prepare in the right way ahead of the World Cup! Looking forward to heading back to Manchester now and getting back to training with the United lads!," said Wayne Rooney after the match.

"It's disappointing to get boos," remarked England boss Roy Hodson. " "The major disappointment is two fold: we didn't show the quality I expected, and having 150,000 people through to watch us and send them home disappointed.

"The Germans were better in the quality of their passing and finishing. We let ourselves down in the final third tonight. We can do better. We know that.

"It's always disappointing to get boos, but there aren't many games where the home side don't get the result and then don't boo. We don't want that.

"We want the applause we had after the Montenegro and Poland games.

"But to get the applause, that level of acclaim, we're going to have to play better and win matches. We didn't play well enough tonight, didn't win, and sent 85,000 people home disappointed."

"What about Townsend's shot that hit the post? Is that not on target? I rest my case," snapped Hodgson.

"It's been a great year for the FA, and a great year for me because we've qualified for the World Cup," said Hodgson. "I'm not prepared that the fact we've used a lot of players, and used these two very tough friendly matches - a severe test against Chile and Germany - to accept, for one minute, personally, that that's going to take the shine off a very good year.

"We've achieved our goal and have a lot to look forward to in 2014: a lot of players fiercely trying to contest their places in the squad, and I'm looking forward to it. I thank 2013 for that."

"Joe Hart proved I was right about him. He played very well and wasn't snowed under with work, and we shaded it territorially, but they created more chances."

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This season, Hart has not been in the fighting form that saw him voted by his peers into the PFA Team of the Year in 2009-2010 and 2011-12. He was beaten several times when he could have held.

Mancini held Hart partly responsible for Man City's defeat to Real Madrid when he erred against Cristiano Ronaldo late on - however earlier he made stunning saves from Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain. 

Borussia Dortmund had 17 shots on goal at the Etihad but scored once because of Hart’s skill and passion.

Hart is an exceptional goalkeeper and still improving at only 25. His England record shows only 21 goals conceded, 15 clean sheets, and a saved penalty in his 28 appearances.

He has suffered only two defeats, both friendlies. England will need Hart at his best in Podgorica next week. If Hart is in top form, England will stand a great chance of reaching the 2014 World Cup.

England center-fielder, Rio Ferdinand withdrew from the England squad for World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro. He has earned a total of 81 caps for England to date, and has been a member of three FIFA World Cup squads.

A Football Association statement said, “Rio Ferdinand has been forced to withdraw from England’s forthcoming fixtures with San Marino and Montenegro. The decision was taken following a meeting in London on Sunday evening with Rio Ferdinand and England Manager Roy Hodgson. At the meeting, Rio confirmed he wants to continue playing for England and to be selected for the summer and autumn fixtures.”

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