Lallana plays 90 minutes as England draw with Scotland

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Wayne Rooney was England's captain when he held a regular place in the team and Chelsea defender Gary Cahill skippered the side for England's March friendly against Germany in Dortmund.

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.

Tottenham forward Harry Kane has been asked to captain the squad for the first time following his performance in the recently concluded season.

"But if Roy was still England manager I think our task would be more hard". But I felt it important to try and give people the opportunity to lead in different ways.

Nevertheless, given that the three most recent meetings with England have seen the Scots ship three goals on each occasion, the Tartan Army has every reason to be apprehensive about what could happen if England's marksmen are in the mood to mark the end of the season in style. Gareth Southgate does count with one of the strongest squads in the competition with players like Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.

Asked how Kane had reacted to the news, Southgate replied: "He was pretty chuffed (pleased). The significance wasn't lost on him that's for sure".

Of nostalgia there is always a great deal.

"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.

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It is the most ancient of worldwide rivalries, a cross-border squabble that goes all the way back to 1872, and, in the age of televised football, has a long, colourful and heavily tartaned showreel featuring incidents such as 40 years ago, when Scottish supporters celebrated a win at Wembley, England's supposed fortress, by dismantling the frame of a goal.

"Of course England are going to be favourites, you look at them and they have fantastic attributes right across the team, they have good experience".

ADAM Lallana last night pinpointed Scotland's Celtic connection as the biggest threat to England's hopes of a Hampden victory.

"We'll have to play at our very best, at the top of our capabilities", he added.

It is a momentous occasion for a player in the best form of his career, with an explosive end to the campaign seeing him wrap up the Golden Boot for the second-successive season.

"He's still young and still has a lot of learning to do. Allan's detail is impressive and that's why I invited him in".

"The boss wants leaders in the group".

He said: "It is something you don't plan in advance, you feel it, the atmosphere and you have to have to take it from there".

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