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Norway's Women's World Cup crisis: Superstars Ada Hegerberg and Caroline Graham Hansen being held back as early exit looms

Ada Hegerberg is a Ballon d'Or winner and six-time European champion. Caroline Graham Hansen has won 23 major trophies in three countries, which includes two Champions League triumphs. Maren Mjelde and Guro Reiten are both in double figures for titles won at Chelsea. Ingrid Engen has won the league in three different countries and recently lifted her first Champions League trophy. Emilie Haavi was just named Serie A's Most Valuable Player as Roma won the competition for the first time. Frida Maanum was nominated for the Women's Super League's Player of the Season award.

All of these names are in Norway's 2023 Women's World Cup squad and yet, the Scandinavian nation is on the brink of crashing out in the group stages - only 12 months after suffering the exact same fate at the European Championship.

Individuals don't make a team, that's for sure. There's a reason why so many nations see 'golden generations' pass by without living up to the success that many anticipate them achieving. But even knowing that, it seems remarkable that Norway could be about to succumb to another dramatically underwhelming tournament so soon after the last - and under a different coach, too.

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There have been positive signs for the 1995 World Cup winners in recent years, such as Lise Klaveness' applaudable representation of the federation as its president and Hegerberg’s decision to end her five-year absence from the national team after seeing improvements at home with regards to women’s football.

But as this tournament has shown, the nation is still a way off success on the pitch. In fact, it’s not even achieving what should be the bare minimum.