Southgate rues late lapses

11 June 2017 04:03:57 EST

England manager Gareth Southgate had mixed feelings after watching his side draw 2-2 at Scotland in a hard-fought World Cup qualifier.

Southgate thought his team should have won the match easily but in the end was relieved when Harry Kane scored a last-gasp equaliser.

England appeared to be cruising to a routine 1-0 triumph at Hampden Park thanks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's fine 70th-minute goal only for Leigh Griffiths to score two late free-kicks that put Gordon Strachan's side seemingly on track for three welcome points.

However, Kane - captaining his country for the first time - fired home from Raheem Sterling's cross deep into stoppage time to ensure the points were shared.

"[It was] a game we should win, a game we were in total control of," said Southgate.

"Two moments of brilliant quality from them turn it on its head in seconds but we should never be beaten.

"We've got to have a mentality that we're never beaten and we showed that at the end.

"We should have been further ahead - if you don’t get the second goal, you run the risk of an equaliser at some point. But the objective is to qualify and we still sit top of the group."

England are 16/1 to win the 2018 World Cup outright and 7/2 to beat France in an international friendly on Tuesday.

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