Sharing power, Southgate gives Kane captaincy against Scots

"England are not as good as they are cranked up to be or would like to be".

Scotland is now in fourth in Group F with seven points, only six points behind England in first and two points behind Slovakia in second.

Charlie Mulgrew is excited by the prospect of lining up for Scotland in Saturday's World Cup qualifier against England.

England looked more risky on the rare occasions they got their opponents turning and Kane had another half chance, with Craig Gordon stranded after coming out of box to head away a long ball.

Last time out saw an easy win for England, although 21 shots only resulted in two goals coming from Jermain Defoe and Jamie Vardy.

The Three Lions will be without Wayne Rooney for Saturday's game, after the Manchester United striker was left out of the squad by Southgate following his lack of playing time this season.

Scotland have lost just one of their last eight home qualifying games, to current World Cup holders Germany in September 2015 (W5 D2).

Despite the disappointment of missing out on a first win over England since 1999, Griffiths said Scotland would draw strength from their performance.

Steven Fletcher, Jamie Murphy, John McGinn, Kenny McLean and Jack Hamilton were all cut from the initial squad, though Hamilton was called back up after an injury to 'keeper Allan McGregor.

Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton is one of three uncapped players in Strachan's group along with Aberdeen defender Mark Reynolds and Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser.

Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson and Tottenham's Kieran Tripper have been named among the substitutes but will have their eye on an global debut and first cap. West Brom midfielder Livermore was booked by Tagliavento for a foul on Robert Snodgrass a minute before half-time. In the qualification for the World Cup in Russian Federation, the English team played five rounds in group F, where it sorted out the teams of Slovakia, Malta, Scotland and Lithuania and only the game against Slovenia ended in a draw.

"They put a ball in, it's very deep, and nine times out of 10 it probably runs out of play, but Harry Kane's there, does what he does best and puts it away to give them a valuable point". We proved in the fixture at Wembley (England's 3-0 win in November) how much it meant to us.

The Three Lions are yet to concede a goal in qualifying, and are 17/12 to win to nil again here.

"His goals record over the last three seasons speaks for itself". However, it's the Scottish defence that needs to be concerned.

There are five Tottenham Hotspur players named to this particular England roster: Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, and Kieran Trippier.

Strachan played down the comments, saying: "I am a big fan of Harry Kane, he brings a lot to Spurs". Southgate has worked extensively with Kane in the past, and knows him in and out.

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