Terry Butcher calls for Jack Butland to replace Joe Hart for England

Kristopher Nichols
June 13, 2017

The prolific Tottenham Hotspur striker donned the armband for the first time during a dramatic 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Scotland on Saturday (10 June) and will do so again in Paris tomorrow evening.

Instead he was close to achieving his best result in the job, as Griffiths' first strikes for Scotland overturned a 70th-minute goal by substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

But with only a minute left of injury time captain Harry Kane saved England's unbeaten qualifying record with a cool finish as the game eneded 2-2.

"It is fundamental to being a top team but it is only one step in that direction, we can still improve in all areas, we all know that, but nevertheless it is a significant moment I think", he said.

"To be 2-1 down in stoppage time and get that goal is special". To score that goal, it was a special feeling for me'. "I did not know whether the keeper was going to come, so when I saw him stay on his line ... what a ball it was, and it was just a good side-foot into the net".

Scotland will now hope they extend that sequence in the remaining four rounds of fixtures, as England victories over Slovakia and Slovenia will be just as crucial to Gordon Strachan's hopes of securing second place in the group as his own team's need to win their own matches. "We have four games left and we could win all of them".

Kane's goal was his sixth in 18 worldwide appearances and came at the end of his first game under Southgate, after injuries had kept him out of England's six previous matches.

"But one lapse of concentration has cost us in the end and instead of getting three points we got one".

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'When you're on the pitch not much changes, we have plenty of leaders in the team.

Marcus Rashford will fill a similar position to that he is used to at Manchester United when lining up for England against Scotland.

You are talking about (Michael) Carrick and (Gareth) Barry, so that is the concern in terms of the numbers of English players in the Premier League and that is part of the challenge.

"When I first came into the England squad, Wazza [Rooney] was great with me".

"And that's what was so good about Griff, to put the work he put in, and then to have a free-kick when you are exhausted at the end of the game and be able to execute it, was phenomenal".

He said: "We're never going to blame each other, we're not that team - the bigger picture is far more important". Suddenly it looked like a bad day at the office for us.

"We are in pole position and it's in our hands". These guys are giants and they are playing at a different level to most of us and they kept coming back, with their strength and power and speed it is hard to deal with. "One point is not what we wanted but nothing in football surprises me", he told BBC Radio 5 live.

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