Snodgrass' Scotland pick up point against England


Robert Snodgrass collected his 24th Scotland cap on Saturday as his side picked up a point in a 2-2 FIFA World Cup qualifying draw with England at Hampden Park.

The midfielder started and played 65 minutes before being replaced by Ryan Fraser for Gordan Strachen’s outfit who remain six points behind the Three Lions at the top of Group F.

Meanwhile, Aaron Cresswell – the Hammers left-back included in Gareth Southgate’s squad – was left on the substitutes’ bench north of the border, with Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand filling the berth on the left side of defence.

Leigh Griffiths was the man in the spotlight in the clash, overturning England’s one-goal advantage with four minutes remaining, curling home two beautiful free-kicks from almost the exact same position 25 yards from goal with three minutes separating the strikes.

Both sides had their chances before the opener, with Jake Livermore hitting the post for the visitors in the second half before Andrew Robertson lashed over from a good position shortly after.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring though, smashing in with his left foot shortly after replacing Marcus Rashford from the bench.

The points looked to be heading south but with four minutes remaining on the clock, Griffiths stepped up and levelled before beating Joe Hart once again moments later.

There was a final late twist however, as Harry Kane finished well from close range to silence the home supporters and make the scoreline 2-2 as the referee’s final whistle sounded.

Scotland now wait until September for their next fixture – another World Cup qualifier against Lithuania – while England face France in an international friendly on Tuesday, giving Cresswell another chance to grab his second international cap.

Havard Nordtveit was also in action on Saturday, as his Norway side faced the Czech Republic in Group C qualifying, with the clash ending in a 1-1 stalemate.

Theodor Gebe Selassie gave the visitors the lead before Alexander Soderlund equalised for Nordtveit's team, who are 14 points below top of the group Germany, who have a 100 per cent record in qualifying. 

Alexander Soderland opened the scoring for Nordtveit's team before 

Elsewhere, West Ham’s Dan Kemp celebrated England U20s’ Toulon Tournament triumph as the Young Lions beat the Ivory Coast on penalties in the final.

The promising winger, who was instrumental in the youngsters reaching the final, was left as a sub in the match which finished 1-1 after extra time.

Sheffield United midfielder Daniel Brooks scored the opener in the tie and it looked to be the winner until the final minutes, when opponents Ivory Coast grabbed a late equaliser through Ake Loba.

There were no nerves from the U20s from 12 yards though, as they converted all five of their penalties, with Jean Amani missing the crucial spot-kick for Cote d’Ivoire, meaning Kemp and England lifted the highly coveted trophy for the second year running.