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McArthur: Absolutely Devastated

10 June 2017

James McArthur came into the action as a half time substitute for Scotland as the home side looked for a vital three points in their World Cup qualifier against England.

The scoreline was still 0-0 when he replaced fellow midfielder, West Brom’s James Morrison, and he was on the field for the better half of the game as all the drama was left until the closing stages of the Group F encounter.

With 20 minutes of the game remaining Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had given Gareth Southgate’s side the lead but two set-pieces were converted in the closing stages of the match and these looked to have given the home side a vital qualifying victory.

Leigh Griffiths fired home two excellent free kicks past Joe Hart within three minutes of each other and as the game restarted four minutes of added time remained for England to get something from a game that they had looked likely to win since that opening goal.

Captain Harry Kane rescued England as he converted a close range effort in the third minute of stoppage time and silenced the home fans who thought they were set for a massive victory as they chased a place in the next World Cup in Russia.

McArthur said on his twitter account post-match that he was absolutely devastated not to win a game that Scotland came so close to getting what would have been a famous win.

The point means England are two points clear at the top of the group with six games played. 

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