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Saturday, 26 May 2012
A Bama European Championships Finals warm-up Friendly Match

Norway 0 England 1 [0-1]

Ullevål Stadion, Ullevål, Oslo
Kick-off (CEST): 8.48pm 7.48pm BST

Attendance: 21,496.

Norway kicked-off 95 minutes 46:05 & 49:12

[0-1] Pedersen hits the post from a corner 11:51
[0-1] Ashley Young 9 8:30
 dribbled then rounded Hangeland for a 12-yard left-footed shot low into the corner past Jarstein following a Andy Carroll lay-off on the halfway line
no yellow or red cards  
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Andy Townsend

Match Summary

Officials from Germany

Norway Squad 



England Squad
Referee (yellow) - Michael Weiner
43 (21 March 1969), Ottenstein, FIFA-listed 2002.

Assistant Referees - Christoph Bonhorst, 42 (27 March 1970) and Holger Henschel, 39 (27 December 1972).
Fourth official -
Geir Åge Masovn Holen, 44 (25 August 1967), Norway.

A red rose was handed to each of the Norway team from each of the England team, as a tribute to those who died in the Norwegian massacre of 22 July 2011.

11 Goal Attempts 7
4 Attempts on Target 5
1 Hit Bar/Post 0
10 Corner Kicks Won 2
0 Offside Calls Against 3
5 Fouls Conceded 7
55.5% Possession 44.5%

Norway Team



FIFA (9 May 2012) 24th
EFO ranking n/a

ELO rating =28th
Colours: Made by Umbro - Red crew neck jersey with navy blue broad left vertical stripe with white border and cuffs, white shorts, red socks with navy blue hoop with white border.
Capt: Brede Hangeland Manager: Egil Roger Olsen, 70 (22 April 1942), appointed 1990-98, and again appointed 14 January 2009,
117th match, W 63 - D 29 - L 25 - F 205 - A 90.
Norway Lineup
1 Jarstein, Rune Almenning 27
240 days
29 September 1984 G Viking FK 20 0
2 Høgli, Tom, off injured 40th min. 28
92 days
24 February 1984 RB Club Brugge KV, Belgium 25 1
4 Demidov, Vadim S. 25
198 days
10 October 1986
in Riga, Russia
CD Real Sociedad de Fútbol , Spain 14 0
5 Hangeland, Brede P. 30
341 days
20 June 1981
in Houston, United States
CD Fulham FC, England 74 1
6 Riise, John Arne S. 31
245 days
24 September 1980 LB Fulham FC, England 102 14
10 Elyounoussi, Tarik 24
93 days
23 February 1988
in Al Hoceima, Morocco
RM Fredrikstad FK 9 3
7 Henriksen, Markus, off 84th min. 19
306 days
25 July 1992 CM Rosenborg BK 7 0
15 Tettey, Alexander B., off 91st min. 26
52 days
4 April 1986
in Accra, Ghana
AM Stade Rennais FC, France 13 0
11 Pedersen, Morten Gamst, off 62nd min. 30
261 days
8 September 1991 CM Blackburn Rovers FC, England 73 16
21 Braaten, Daniel O., off 74th min. 30
1 dy
25 May 1982 LM Toulouse FC, France 35 2
9 Abdellaoue, Mohammed 26
216 days
23 October 1985 CF Hannoverscher Sv von 1896, Germany 20 5
Norway Substitutes
scoreline: Norway 0 England 1
14 Ruud, Espen, on 40th min. (39:16) for Høgli 28
90 days
26 February 1984 D Odense BK, Denmark 20 1
16 Grindheim, Christian, on 62nd min. (61:50) for Pedersen 28
314 days
17 July 1983 M FC København, Denmark 50 2
18 Huseklepp, Erik A., on 74th min. (73.20) for Braaten 27
264 days
5 September 1984 F Birmingham City FC, England, on loan from Portsmouth FC, England 28 7
22 Berisha, Valon, on 84th min. (83:40) for Henriksen 19
109 days
7 February 1993
in Malmö, Sweden
M Viking FK 5 0
19 Jenssen, Ruben Yttergård, on 90th+1 min. (90:13) for Tettey 24
22 days
4 May 1988 M Tromsø Idrettslag 4 0
result: Norway 0 England 1
unused substitutes: 3-Kim André Madsen, 12-Espen Bugge Pettersen.
4-5-1 Jarstein -
(Ruud), Demidov, Hangeland, Riise -
Elyounoussi, Henriksen
(Berisha), Tettey (Jenssen), Pedersen (Grindheim), Braaten (Huseklepp) -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 26 years 187 days Appearances/Goals 35.6 3.8


England Team



FIFA (9 May 2012) 7th
EFO ranking Group 3

ELO rating 6th
Colours: The 2011 away uniform - Galaxy blue collared jerseys with regatta blue collar, regatta blue shorts, galaxy blue socks with regatta blue tops.
Capt: Steven Gerrard
(16th (38) captaincy (3))
Gareth Barry, 46th minute.
Joleon Lescott, 73rd minute.
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 64 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
1st match, W 1 - D 0 - L 0 - F 1 - A 0.
England Lineup
1 Green, Robert P. 32
129 days
18 January 1980 G West Ham United FC 12 9ᵍᵃ
final app 2005-12
2 Jones, Philip A., off 88th min. 20
95 days
21 February 1992 RB Manchester United FC 5       0
3 Baines, Leighton J. 27
167 days
11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 8       0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 46th min. 31
362 days
30 May 1980 CM Liverpool FC 91      19
5 Jagielka, Philip N. 29
283 days
17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 11    1
6 Lescott, Joleon P. 29
284 days
16 August 1982 CD Manchester City FC 15       0
7 Milner, James P. 26
143 days
4 January 1986 RM Manchester City FC 25       0
8 Parker, Scott M., off 56th min. 31
226 days
13 October 1980 CM Tottenham Hotspur FC 12       0
Carroll, Andrew T. 23
141 days
6 January 1989 CF Liverpool FC 4       1
Young, Ashley S., off 73rd min. 26
322 days
9 July 1985 AM Manchester United FC 20       6
the 157th player to reach the 20-app milestone
11 Downing, Stewart, off 85th min. 27
309 days
22 July 1984 LM Liverpool FC 34       0
England Substitutes
scoreline: Norway 0 England 1
15 Barry, Gareth, on 46th min. for Gerrard, off injured 73rd min. 31
95 days
23 February 1981 CM Manchester City FC 53 41 2
final app 2000-12
17 Walcott, Theo J., on 56th min. (55:22) for Parker. 23
71 days
16 March 1989 CM Arsenal FC 23 19 3
1181 16 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., on 73rd min. (72:38) for Young. 18
285 days
15 August 1993
Arsenal FC 1 0
the 60th Arsenal player to represent England
14 Henderson, Jordan B., on 73rd min. (72:52) for Barry. 21
344 days
17 June 1990 CM Liverpool FC 2 1 0
19 Johnson, Adam, on 85th min. (84:15) for Downing 24
317 days
14 July 1987 LM Manchester City FC 11 3 2
1182 12 Kelly, Martin R., on 88th min (87:19) for Jones 22
29 days

27 April 1990
Liverpool FC
now the least used player (until Oct 2018) the 61st Liverpool player to represent England only app 2012
result: Norway 0 England 1
unused substitutes: 13-Joe Hart, 18-Jermain Defoe.
team notes: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's father, Mark Chamberlain, also played for England (1982-84).
Manager Roy Hodgson was in charge of UAE against Norway in January 2003 (1-1).
4-5-1 Green -
(Kelly), Jagielka, Lescott, Baines -
Milner, Gerrard
(Barry (Henderson)), Young (Oxlade-Chamberlain), Parker (Walcott), Downing (Johnson) -
Averages (Starting XI): Age 27 years 358 days Appearances/Goals 21.4     2.3


    Match Report by Mike Payne

You had to feel slightly sorry for England's new coach Roy Hodgson, as not only was he thrown in at the deep end with little time to spare before a big tournament, but also half his team was not available to him in this his first game.  Add the fact that the last England manager to win in Oslo was Alf Ramsey back in 1966, and the size of the task was there for all to see.  So the resultant and surprising win by England gave Hodgson the perfect start to his tenure.

As has been the case in recent games, England began the match well and with only four minutes gone on the clock they should have scored.  Stewart Downing made a fine break down the left and whipped in a superb cross for the marauding Andy Carroll to power in a fierce header.  He only had to hit the target to score a certain goal, but his header flew wide with the keeper beaten.  But if that was promising, then four minutes later the new manager was celebrating his first goal.  Carroll and Ashley Young combined and Young held possession as he moved forward through the inside-left channel.  Brede Hangeland tried to jockey him away from goal but a quick turn and a shimmy left Young clear of the big defender and his left-foot finish into the far corner was of the highest quality.  It was a magnificent goal and Young's fourth in his last four appearances.

Norway had their first chance on 11 minutes when Markus Henriksen fired in a shot that Rob Green scrambled around a post.  Then from the resultant corner Green was almost embarrassed by Morten Gamst Pederson's corner which struck a post as it curled in towards goal with Green nowhere.  The goalkeeper was lucky with that one but as the game wore on he was assured and confident in all that he did, and all in all laid a few ghosts to rest with his steady performance.

In the main England were in control throughout the half.  Joleon Lescott had a fine game at the heart of the defence and he was ably backed up by the rest of the back four.  Phil Jones, especially, was full of energy and enthusiasm and he not only defended well but supported the attack too.  He combined well on one occasion with James Milner and then Young volleyed over after more good work by Jones, Milner and Carroll.

Norway's build up was methodical but also a bit laboured, giving England time to organise at the back.  And their midfield, with Scott Parker and Steven Gerrard working hard, was able to snuff out any threat from the home side.  Daniel Braaten did head one half-chance over and a dangerous cross from John Arne Riise had to be hacked away by Phil Jagielka.  Gerrard was struggling with his passing and England, generally, gave the ball away a little too cheaply at times, something that Hodgson will want to address.

On 26 minutes another good cross by Downing caused Norway's defence problems and a minute later another good England break should have brought them another goal.  Young was all alone in the middle as Carroll broke down the right.  All it needed was a square pass to his feet, but Carroll overhit the pass and the chance went begging.  Leighton Baines made one good break down the left and forced a corner and then shortly after Jones crossed from the right but goalkeeper Rune Jarstein intercepted.  On 33 minutes yet another good attack saw Milner attack down the right.  He cleverly cut inside the defender and fired in a good left-foot shot, but again Jarstein managed to block the shot. 

The only danger coming from the home side was mainly through the mistakes by England, and one unforced error gave Mohammed Abdellaoue the chance to hit a shot wide.  The habit of giving the ball away with sloppy passing was affecting both teams and the final ten minutes of the half was a little scrappy.

At half-time Gerrard went off and Gareth Barry came on, and a minute into the half Young was fouled right on the edge of the box.  Milner and Baines lined the ball up and it was Baines who fired in a good dipping shot.  Jarstein did well to get across and tip the ball away.  Yet another England chance came on 48 minutes when Jones picked the ball up in his own half and attacked the Norwegian penalty box.  None of the defenders came to him so he fired in a 20 yard shot which took a deflection and struck the post with the keeper beaten again.  Riise then retaliated with a shot that Green got everything behind and both Jones and Carroll defended well as Norway tried to come back.

Theo Walcott came on for Parker, who was struggling for match fitness after his recent injury, and with both Parker and Gerrard now taken out of the side, the England midfield struggled to regain their grip on the game.  To make matters worse, it was clear that Barry was also not fit, and he eventually signalled to the bench that his groin was troubling him.

Just after the hour Riise, Norway's best player, easily beat Walcott on the left and fired in a fierce shot at the near post.  Again Green did his job and the keeper can be pleased with his game on this night.  But by this time England were showing signs of fatigue and Norway came forward atery opportunity.  It seemed only a matter of time before Norway scored, but Lescott and Jagielka held firm and to be fair there were no serious alarms on Green's goal.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain then made his debut when he replaced goalscorer Young and Jordan Henderson came on for Barry.  Later further changes saw Adam Johnson come on for Downing and Martin Kelly also made a debutant appearance when he replaced the impressive Jones.

England had the best of the chances throughout and even right at the end of added time Johnson fired in a shot that required yet another save from Jarstein.

When England last won in Norway, in 1966, it was a month before that memorable 1966 World Cup victory.  The final of the Euro 2012 tournament is scheduled for one month's time.  Surely it can't be possible.... Can it?


Source Notes

BBC Sport


Mike Payne - football historian and contributor