We'll use brains not brawn to beat England, says Strachan

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Scotland were moments away from an absolutely massive win over England in their World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park on Saturday, only for Harry Kane to pop up late into stoppage time to equalise and break the Tartan Army's hearts.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked to have set England on course for victory, only for Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths to level with a late free kick and repeat the trick moments later.

However, Hampden Park erupted in the 87th minute when Leigh Griffiths curled home a 25-yard free-kick for his first worldwide goal, before lightning struck twice in the final minute of normal time as another set-piece from the Celtic star put Scotland on the brink of a famous Group F victory.

Gordon Strachan claims Scotland are "physically and mentally" ready for their World Cup qualifier against England at Hampden Park today. One pass, one header goes somewhere else and we win the game.

Southgate on falling behind to two free-kicks: "We deserved to be ahead and then there was a mad minute and a half".

Gordon Strachan's side are six points behind Group F leaders England with four fixtures remaining.

They visitors were close to taking the lead after 27 minutes when Craig Gordon headed the ball clear and Harry Kane lobbed him but Kieran Tierney was on the line to save Scotland's blushes. However, Scotland gave the ball away and it was soon returned into the box by substitute Raheem Sterling, whose ball found Kane unmarked to cushion a volley home. "Scotland is no easy place to come".

If England needed a wake-up call as they cruise towards Russian Federation 2018, they received it at Hampden Park, where they were held to a 2-2 draw by Scotland in what will be remembered as one of the most unusual clashes in the history of global football's oldest fixture.


"It was two moments of brilliant quality to turn the match on its head in seconds".

He said: "The enthusiasm the players have had and the time they've put in this week. they're ready, they're ready for the game, physically and mentally. We haven't managed to win, but given the narrative of the game, we've got to be pleased to take the point".

"He's going to be disappointed with conceding any goal but we'll have to look at the goals again". If we had kept the ball better going towards their goal we might have nicked the three points, but you can't switch off against this England side with guys like Harry Kane up top.

"We have to have a mentality that we are never beaten and we showed that at the end".

"So that weapon that we had years ago where "get intae them" was well and truly used, it is not used as much now".

"Two special free kicks and all of a sudden we're in stoppage time 2-1 down but it was unbelievable character to get that second which still leaves us top and in a great position".

"It would be stupid of me not to use that enthusiasm and that run of games they're on and the pride they've got in themselves", said the Scotland manager of Celtic's triple trophy-winners.

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