But it wasn't to be as Kane took advantage of Scotland's poor defending to tuck home with seconds remaining on the clock.
Strachan also hailed his team's character as fourth-placed Scotland missed the chance to inflict a first Hampden defeat on England since 1985 while dropping two Group F points.
And the former Celtic boss was clearly frustrated as he flung a bottle during an X-rated tantrum.
"We're in stoppage time, 2-1 down - to get that goal was special". That's what we have got to show - we have to be a team that are never beaten. "It was probably the tallest wall you could put up in European football today and he went round the side, over the top, he is a good character, a wonderful character, unusual but wonderful", he said of the Celtic forward.
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"You have to expect the unexpected and we were 2-1 down from nowhere but we found another gear". Harry Kane scored three minutes into stoppage time to deny Scotland, and Strachan, a memorable victory.
Southgate, who reserved judgement on Joe Hart's attempts to save the free-kicks, said: "We deserved to be ahead and then there was a mad minute and a half".
"Of course we can improve in every area of our game but in a game like this, at the end of the season, going into injury time, with people cramping up, absolutely it is about character", he said.
"I definitely did not want to lose in my first game as skipper, so to get that goal, it is a good day for us and a very proud day for me as well".
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These include cutting all links with Iran , the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood network and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. "No one has the right to intervene in our foreign policy", Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said.
The former Scotland and Manchester United midfielder said he was impressed with the physical presence of Gareth Southgate's young England side - and how his men coped with it. You can't do any more than they did.
"The first free-kick was careless, the second (given away) was a slip, so I am not sure there is a lot we could have done about that".
"The objective is to qualify and we're top of the group".
"But we played a team with five at the back, tried to frustrate which is understandable from their point of view. We'll have a look in more detail, but you've got to credit Leigh Griffiths with two outstanding strikes".
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The storm killed eight people, including three who died in a fire in Knysna , and dumped heavy rain on Cape Town , west of Knysna. Eden District Municipality says flare-ups are causing most distress as residents are being urged to evacuate the area.