World Cup Qualifier, Wembley – England 1 (Harry Kane 94’) Slovenia 0
Harry Kane struck at the death as England booked their place at the 2018 World Cup finals despite an underwhelming display in a 1-0 win over Slovenia at Wembley.
Gareth Southgate's side knew their fate was in their own hands, but laboured for long spells until Kane pounced in stoppage time to claim his 14th goal in his last nine matches for club and country.
Scotland's victory over Slovakia meant a point would have been enough in the end, but this England side's habit for scoring late on resurfaced at just the right time to ensure they rounded off their Wembley campaign on a positive note.
The result means the Three Lions are six points clear of second-placed Scotland, with just one game to play in Group F.
England will now look to remain unbeaten in qualifying when they visit Lithuania on Sunday.
Mission accomplished in underwhelming fashion for Southgate, but the big test is yet to come. Overall, it's been a qualifying campaign littered with average performances and a hint of controversy - but at the end of it all it is a case of job done. Southgate answered the SOS call following Sam Allardyce's ever so brief reign and has steered his side through a group they were always expected to top. Of course, England sides of recent years have been fine in qualifying, but it's at the major tournaments where they come up way short. Clocking up so many qualifying matches without a loss is no mean feat, but there's no doubt England will have to improve if they are to make any sort of significant impression when faced with sterner tests in Russia next summer. Expectations will remain low based on this evidence.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Marcus Rashford (England). The Manchester United starlet is the go-to man when it come to looking for a spark in this England side. Could and perhaps should have scored in the second half, but most of England's good moments came through him on the left until Kane stole the headlines in the 94th minute. Rashford turns 20 later this month and seems a shoe-in for a starting berth in Russia next summer.
ENGLAND: Hart 8, Walker 7, Bertrand 7, Stones 7, Cahill 7, Henderson 6, Dier 6, Oxlade-Chamberlain 6, Sterling 6, Rashford 8, Kane 6. Subs: Lingard 6, Keane n/a.
SLOVENIA: Oblak 7, Struna 6, Mevlja 6, Cesar 6, Jokic 6, Rotman 6, Krhin 6, Bezjak 6, Ilicic 7, Verbic 6, Sporar 6. Subs: Birsa 7, Repas 6, Matavz 7.
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9' - PENALTY SHOUT! Josip Ilicic makes a clever dart to the right of the penalty area and is rewarded with a corner as Hart came to block. The Slovenian looks at the referee quizzically. Replays show the keeper didn't get the ball and appeared to catch the forward's heel. Let off for England?
45+1' - ENGLAND CHANCE. Rashford tries to catch Oblak out with a low free kick towards the near post, but the keeper is alert to the danger and pushes it wide.
63' - ENGLAND CHANCE. England break from a Slovenia corner. Sterling leads the charge and lays it into the path of Rashford who goes for the lob over the advancing keeper but sees it hacked clear inside the six-yard box.
69' - ENGLAND CHANCE. Rashford causes problems on the left once more. He finds Sterling, who sees his shot blocked before Kane flashes the follow-up just past the far post.
85' - SLOVENIA CHANCE. Hart comes out to bravely save at the feet of Tim Matavz after the Slovenia striker was sent clear. The keeper then saves the follow-up. Replays showing it should have been flagged offside - but Hart didn't know that.
90+4' - GOAL! ENGLAND 1-0 SLOVENIA. Kane lifts the mood inside Wembley as he slides home Walker's cross after the full back had seized upon Oblak's over-anxious early throw out. England are heading to Russia!
England have lost just one of their last 19 matches at home, and none in the last eight, winning eight and drawing one.
England qualify for World Cup for 6th successive time, equalling their record. They also participated in six in a row from 1950 to 1970.
Kane's previous international home goal was on 22 May 2016, in England's 2-1 friendly win against Turkey at Etihad Stadium.
World Cup Qualification Group F, Hampden Park – Scotland 2 (Griffiths 87 90) England 2 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 70, Kane 90+3)
Harry Kane struck in stoppage time to rescue a 2-2 draw for England after late drama in their World Cup qualifier in Scotland.
The Spurs man was named captain for the day and responded with a crucial leveller after Leigh Griffiths' quick-fire free-kick double had turned the game on its head three minutes from time.
Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had looked to have put the visitors on course for victory with a 70th minute solo strike, but the sensational finale means Gareth Southgate's men will be delighted to have come away with a point.
The result sees the Three Lions remain top of Group F after six games played, but their lead was sliced to two points following Slovakia's triumph in Lithuania later on Saturday.
Scotland are currently fourth on eight points, and will feel their hopes of pushing for the runner-up spot and a potential play-off berth were cruelly dented by Kane's late intervention.
Harry Kane is still trying to replicate his Spurs form for England - but that goal and the captaincy could be the key. The Spurs hitman has won the past two Premier League Golden Boot awards and finished the season on fire - but he has yet to truly ignite with his country. The 23-year-old has now netted six times in 18 appearances for the Three Lions, but it looked like being another one of those days when he wasted two first-half chances he would have gobbled up in his sleep in his Lilywhites shirt.
History has shown some players just can't recreate their exploits for their club on the international stage, but Kane is unlikely to fall into that bracket and his late strike to save the day may be a significant sign post and see him appointed captain on a permanent basis.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Leigh Griffiths (Scotland): The Celtic man was starved of service throughout but worked tirelessly and looked to have won it with two sensational free kicks late on - his first goals in 13 caps for Scotland.
Scotland: Gordon 6, Tierney 7, Berra 6, Mulgrew 7, Robertson 7, Brown 6, Morrison 5, Snodgrass 6, Armstrong 6, Anya 6, Griffiths 8. Subs: McArthur 6, Fraser 6, Martin n/a.
England: Hart 5, Walker 6, Cahill 6, Smalling 6, Bertrand 6, Dier 6, Livermore 7, Rashford 5, Alli 6, Lallana 6, Kane 7. Subs: Oxlade-Chamberlain 7, Sterling n/a, Defoe n/a.
18' - ENGLAND CHANCE! Dier picks out Kane with a chipped ball into the box, but the England skipper can only rifle over the top after taking it down well and cutting back onto his left foot.
22' - ENGLAND CHANCE! Lallana wriggles free close to the left byline and somehow digs out a lovely cutback for Kane who completely miscues from six yards out.
51' - ENGLAND HIT THE POST! Livermore cross from the right takes a wicked deflection off a defender and comes back off the near post.
70' - GOAL! Scotland 0-1 England. Oxlade Chamberlain makes an instant impact! The Arsenal man jinks in from the right and squeezes a shot through a swarm of bodies and into the net via big hands from Gordon.
87' - GOAL! Scotland 1-1 England. Griffiths steps up and curls a stunning 25-yard free kick beyond Hart and into the far corner of the net.
90' - GOAL! Scotland 2-1 England. Incredible scenes as curves another sublime free kick over the wall and into the opposite corner. Lightning strikes twice!
90+3' - GOAL! Scotland 2-2 England. Kane levels for the Three Lions! Sterling rakes a ball from the left to the far post where Kane arrives to volley home.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first England goal since October 2015 vs Lithuania - 607 days ago
England are unbeaten in their last five visits to Scotland.
Scotland are unbeaten in their last six home games.
Griffiths scored his first international goals on his 13th cap. They were also the first goals England have conceded in this World Cup qualifying campaign
Kane scored his first goal for England since May 2016, after a run of 575 minutes without one.