Preview: England vs Norway
A new era begins for England when they welcome Norway to Wembley tonight. The Three Lions will play their first game since a disappointing World Cup campaign in Brazil.
Manager Roy Hodgson recently acknowledged that fans are pessimistic about his side following a forgettable tournament but has vowed to do his utmost to ensure that this sour experience was a one-off.
With the Three Lions’ Euro 2016 qualification campaign starting next week, Hodgson will use this chance to assess his squad’s fitness as the domestic season is still in the early stages. He has included new players in his squad following the international retirements of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
Norway will also hope for a confidence-boosting game of their own. They come into this match off the back of a dismal run of just one win in 11 international fixtures. Like England, they have lost key figures of their squad as well with the likes of Brede Hangeland recently retiring.
With a clash against Italy on 9 September looming, the Norwegians will need a good result at Wembley on which to build their preparations.
They have an exciting 15 year-old Martin Odegaard in their squad. The Stomsgodset player played in a friendly against United Arab Emirates at the end of August to become the youngest player to represent Norway. He has been linked with a move to Manchester United so he will likely be keen to express himself against the likes of Wayne Rooney.