Tottenham forward Harry Kane scored his sixth goal for England /Photo: EPA
Tottenham forward Harry Kane scored his sixth goal for England /Photo: EPA

England and neighbours Scotland battled to a 2-2 draw in a dramatic World Cup qualifier, with Harry Kane scoring an injury-time goal to rescue a point for the Three Lions.

Gerard Southgate’s side were headed for a first qualifying defeat since October 2009 after Leigh Griffiths struck two glorious late free-kicks to wipe out substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s 70th-minute opener.

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But Kane dispatched a deep cross at the back post to preserve England’s unbeaten record in Group F and deny Scotland a first win over their oldest rivals since 1999.

“The end for me is a significant moment because the character of the team has to come through in these moments,” said England manager Gareth Southgate, whose side face France in a friendly in Paris on Tuesday.

“The objective is to qualify and we’re top of the group. We haven’t managed to win, but given the narrative of the game, we’ve got to be pleased to take the point.”

England remain top of their qualifying pool, but Slovenia have trimmed their advantage to three points and Slovakia could cut it down to two if they win in Lithuania later in the day.