Scotland 2 -2 England: How the players rated

Leigh Griffiths celebrates after scoring Scotland's second goal. Picture: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Leigh Griffiths celebrates after scoring Scotland's second goal. Picture: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
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How the Scotland and England players rated out of ten.

SCOTLAND

CRAIG GORDON - 4

The Celtic goalkeeper was almost made to pay for a poor clearance by Harry Kane and his 30-yard effort was going in until Kieran Tierney cleared off the line. Gordon made saves from Dele Alli, Adam Lallana, Jake Livermore and Kane but could have done better with both England goals.

KIERAN TIERNEY - 6

The Celtic left-back had to play with a gum shield following a mouth injury in the William Hill Scottish Cup. Asked to play on the left side of a back three, the 20-year old cleared a Harry Kane effort off the line on the half-hour and got in some crucial tackles.

CHRISTOPHE BERRA - 7

Came in for Russell Martin in defence to handle Harry Kane. It was a job he carried out with aplomb, proving he was the right choice.

CHARLIE MULGREW - 7

A calming presence in central defence, organising when England enjoyed long spells of possession and pressure.

ANDY ROBERTSON - 6

Deployed as left wing-back he worked the flank well. Missed a great chance just before the hour mark when he blasted over the crossbar.

SCOTT BROWN - 6

The Scotland and Celtic skipper was subject to some debate about the level of his abilities this week. Booked in the third minute which led to some caution thereafter.

JAMES MORRISON - 4

Took a knock after just a few minutes which seemed to curtail him. Couldn’t get into the game and was hooked at the interval.

STUART ARMSTRONG - 6

His debut against Slovenia in Scotland’s last match was described as the best ever in dark blue by manager Gordon Strachan. The first half passed him by and he was unable to exert his usual influence but he improved after the break. Poor pass led to the equalising goal.

ROBERT SNODGRASS - 5

Struggled to link up with his team-mates in a frustrating game where little went his way. There was no surprise when he made way for Ryan Fraser in the second half. 5

IKECHI ANYA - 5

Took over from James Forrest and played right wing-back. Got down the flank in the first half with some success and contributed in defence. Was replaced by Chris Martin in the closing stages as the home side went for broke. 7

LEIGH GRIFFITHS - 9

After 12 caps without a goal there was some pressure on the prolific Celtic striker to produce and he most certainly did. Worked hard in the lone striker’s role and chased down the England defence. His first two goals in a dark blue shirt, both from free-kicks, set Hampden alight for several minutes before Harry Kane popped up with the added-time leveller. 9

SUBSTITUTES

JAMES MCARTHUR - 6

Replaced Morrison for the start of the second half and worked hard to get Scotland back into the game.

RYAN FRASER - 5

Came on for Snodgrass in the 66th minute and won the free-kick from which Griffiths levelled.

CHRIS MARTIN - 6

Came on for Ikechi Anya with 10 minutes remaining but did not have much of an impact.

Scotland 2 - 2 England: How the England players rated

How the England players rated out of ten:

JOE HART - 5

Back from a loan spell at Torino, had little to do until the dying stages when he was beaten twice by Leigh Griffiths free-kicks. The first one certainly looked preventable.

KYLE WALKER - 7

Tottenham’s marauding right-back produced a fine display at Hampden Park, providing an outlet on the attack as well as a sturdy defensive presence.

CHRIS SMALLING - 5

Selected ahead of John Stones, the Manchester United defender proved capable of the odd mistake but largely looked solid.

GARY CAHILL - 6

Such a sturdy, imposing presence for Chelsea this term, he did okay until giving a needless late free-kick away.

RYAN BERTRAND - 6

Southampton’s left-back has established himself under Gareth Southgate and did his job diligently at Hampden Park.

JAKE LIVERMORE - 6

A surprise starter despite impressing in Germany, the West Brom midfielder was impressive both in possession and out of it. Booked late in first half but kept his cool.

ERIC DIER - 5

The defensive midfielder showed a nice eye for a pass as well as protecting the back-line but wilted in the second half.

ADAM LALLANA - 6

England’s reigning player of the year’s close control had Scotland on edge, but he just lacked the cutting edge of his previous game.

DELE ALLI - 5

The PFA Young Player of the Year was unable to have as much of a say on proceedings as he would have liked.

MARCUS RASHFORD - 5

The 19-year-old was handed just his second England start and came close to a first-half opener, only to tire and be withdrawn early in the second half.

HARRY KANE - 7

Captaining the side for the first time, the Spurs striker came to the rescue in stoppage time with an outstanding strike.

SUBSTITUTES

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN (for Rashford, 65) - 7

His introduction quickly paid dividends, scoring a superb opener after coming on.

RAHEEM STERLING (for Alli, 84) - 6

Produced a superb cross that was met by an even better strike from Kane for the equaliser.

JERMAIN DEFOE (Livermore, 90) - N/A

Had no time to make an impact.