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  • May 26, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo
  • Referee: M. Weiner
  • • Attendance: 21496

International Friendly Preview: Norway - England

International Friendly Preview: Norway - England


Roy Hodgson makes his debut as Three Lions boss in Oslo for the first of two friendlies before the trip to Poland and Ukraine for this summer's Euro.



Hogli, Hangeland, Demidov, Riise
Braaten, Grindheim, Jenssen, Pedersen
Huseklepp, Abdellaoue

Jones, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines
Barry, Parker
Walcott, Gerrard, Young


Havard Nordtveit, who spent three years at Arsenal without making an appearance, has pulled out of the Norway squad with a shoulder injury. Thomas Rogne has also been forced to miss the game with a muscle strain and Kim Andre Madsen has been brought in by Egil Olsen as his replacement.

The Premier League will be represented in the Norwegian side as Fulham duo John Arne Riise and Brede Hangeland should feature, with Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen also available. However, John Carew was left out of the squad.

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Wayne Rooney will be left out of the England side due to a toe injury, and Glen Johnson is also a doubt with an infected toe. The Chelsea contingent involved in last weekend's Champions League final will also be missing and will not join up with the squad until next week.

Phil Jones should therefore start at right back but Liverpool's Martin Kelly is also joining up with the squad as extra defensive cover and may get his chance at some point. At center back, Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott look the most likely combination after featuring together in Thursday's training session.

In midfield Scott Parker is expected to be fit despite a recent Achilles problem. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is unlikely to start but Stewart Downing could replace Theo Walcott or Ashley Young in an attempt to give the Liverpool winger a confidence boost ahead of the trip to Ukraine.

Up front Andy Carroll looks increasingly likely to be deployed as a lone striker, particularly with Danny Welbeck missing training in the week.

  • The clash will be England's first under new boss Roy Hodgson.
  • Norway finished level on points with Portugal in Group H of the qualification round, however, an inferior goal difference meant it missed out on Euro 2012.
  • Therefore, Olsen's side will fail to make its second appearance at the Euros, after debuting in 2000 when it exited at the group stages.
  • The hosts have won three of their last five games, including beating Northern Ireland 3-0 and losing 4-1 to Wales.
  • England has also won three out of its last five fixtures, defeating Spain, Sweden and Wales 1-0.
  • England's players will be familiar with a number of their opponents through the English leagues. Fulham's John Arne Riise (pictured) and Brede Hangeland, Crystal Palace's Jonathan Parr, Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen, Portsmouth's Erik Huseklepp are all in the squad.
  • Saturday's match is England's first of two friendlies before the Euros, the other is against Belgium at Wembley on June 2.
  • Three of the last four meetings between the two sides have been drawn.
  • England has won three to Norway's two from the 10 previous meetings, however it has won just one of the last six fixtures.

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