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England 'stood up to be counted', says Southgate

12 Juin 2017

We have four games left and we know what we have to do.

"Harry Kane - he's the top goalscorer in the Premier League".

Kane meanwhile said he would like to wear the armband in the long term, but that the manager had given no indication on a permanent decision.

"In a football match, different stuff happens -- people get sent off, you go 1-0 down - and it's about seeing how we can adapt to different situations", said striker Harry Kane. Southgate has waited almost three months since England's last fixture, before that the gap was five months, and England won't play again for another two and a half months.

But it is what remains of the spine of the team that demands Southgate's attention, however much backbone he feels they showed in responding to two late Scotland goals with a stunning equaliser at Hampden Park.

Scotland full-back Andrew Robertson insists that his side can still qualify for the World Cup despite dropping more points during their 2-2 draw with England. "It's not three points but it could be a massive point in the end", he said. But we should never be beaten.

Celtic FC's Leigh Griffith has been linked with a move south to Leeds this summer, and after watching the Scottish striker in action for his national team against England will give hope to the Elland Road faithful that the links are more than just empty rumors.

Southgate has done his best to steady the ship, initially on a temporary basis and now full-time, and steeling his young players for adversity has been his number-one priority. "Leadership is a big part of that, recognising and dealing with pressure".

Who knows whether the weekend spent with the Marines actually had any impact on Kane's late goal, but Southgate is at least thinking around the problems.

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Several of England's new world champions have always been part of the set-up at St George's Park in Burton, the FA's National Football Centre, and U20 success follows on from their U17 European Championship victory in 2014 before reaching the semi-finals of the same tournament at U19 level past year. Amin Younes and Julian Brandt also scored their first global goals while Julian Draxler and Shkodran Mustafi shared the others as Germany maintained their 100 percent record after six games in European Group C.

But it also meant something given how Kane had played for the preceding 92 minutes. He gets half a chance and it was a great finish.

But then, at the time that mattered, Kane was there to score.

"It's hard to sit here and say it's a good point given the manner in which the game went in the last minutes, but we'll take the point against England".

Kane, however, salvaged a point for England as he latched onto Raheem Sterling's ball in and finished expertly, with the game ending 2-2.

"The goalkeeper positioned himself in line with where the next man would be in the wall, so he had a clear sight of the ball".

It was only ever a question of how many goals Germany would score against San Marino at Grundig Stadium in Nuremberg.

"I definitely didn't want to lose in my first game as skipper so to get that goal; it's a good day for us and obviously a very proud day for me as well".