May 26, 2012



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18:45 +00:00, May 26, 2012

Ullevaal Stadion, Norway

Referee: Manuel Gräfe


    That's it then. See you next week at Wembley!


    Positives in the first-half, principally the performance of Young, Downing and Carroll. Jagielka also a stand-out performer.


    Ashley Young's early goal gives England the win. Much to improve on ahead of next week's encounter with Belgium

  • 90'

    FULL TIME Norway 0-1 England

  • 90'

    Adam Johnson has a final attempt for England, ignoring those around him to shoot at goal. Straight at Jarstein

  • 90'

    A tepid ending to this game. Little happening. If Norway had more of an attacking threat, they would be a dangerous side.

  • 90'

    Ruud fires a very hopeful ball forward toward Abdellaoue. Goal-kick.

  • 90'

    Yttergard Jenssen replaces Tetteh in the Nowegian midfield

  • 90'

    Walcott gets clear down the right and has time to pick his cross. Straight to Jarstein in the Norway goal however.

  • 89'

    Martin Kelly immediately wins a header against John Arne Riise. But, the Norwegian felt that. Slight delay.

  • 88'

    Martin Kelly replaces Phil Jones

  • 87'

    Lovely pass from Adam Johnson towards Theo Walcott who would be clear of the defence, but is flagged offside.

  • 86'

    Elyounoussi does well again, gets a shot away and Lescott turns the ball behind for a corner. Riise takes and Green punches away.

  • 85'

    The rhythm of the game has been lost with all the substitutions, but Norway are on the ball again.

  • 85'

    Adam Johnson replaces Stewart Downing

  • 84'

    Valon Berisha replaces Markus Henriksen - One 19-year-old for another

  • 83'

    Jones does well to make space and crosses from the right, headed clear by Hangeland. The ball bounces outside the area and Henderson clatters into Henriksen. Free-kick.

  • 82'

    England passing the ball around better now. Can they finish the game on a high?

  • 81'

    Walcott runs at the defence, coming in off the right flank and it opens up for a shot. Side-footed tamely to Jarstein.

  • 80'

    Elyounoussi has been excellent for Norway, tracking back this time to get a tackle in on Oxlade-Chamberlain to stop England's counter.

  • 79'

    England come forward, but once more there is very little quality to the attack. Sloppy passing could cost them a win.

  • 78'

    Riise crosses and Henriksen tries to loft the ball back in from the far-post. Too hard though and the ball is cleared.

  • 77'

    Corner to Norway after a good block from James Milner.

  • 76'

    Oxlade-Chamberlain's second touch for England isn't so good, losing the ball. Here come Norway again.

  • 75'

    Positive stuff from Green, coming out of goal to claim Riise's long-throw.

  • 74'

    Almost an immediate impact for Oxlade-Chamberlain, a lovely cushioned pass to Walcott, whose drag-back is not quite as effective.

  • 74'

    Huseklepp replaces Daniel Braaten

  • 73'

    Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Ashley Young; Jordan Henderson on for Barry

  • 72'

    Now an England corner. Downing eventually gets a cross away, deflected into the side netting. Corner punched away by Jarstein.

  • 71'

    Corner cleared by Barry. Another Riise long-throw comes in and Carroll heads the ball away

  • 70'

    Long throw from Riise towards Hangeland, Lescott heads clear. Ruud fires in a shot, deflected for a corner.

  • 69'

    Norway are playing very well still. Pass, pass, pass. Elyounoussi really influencing play.

  • 68'

    Grindheim blasts well over the bar as the ball falls kindly 20 yards out. Great work once more from Riise on the left.

  • 67'

    Corner swung in from the right. Green claims.

  • 66'

    Abdellaoue almost capitalises on a scrappy piece of play. A hint of handball from the Norwegian, but Jagielka is quick to get across and tackle.

  • 65'

    Unfortunately there is no composure from England. It is just wave after wave of Norway attacks, however tame they may be.

  • 64'

    Pathetic stuff from England at times. Barry launches another hopeless ball forward. Poor second-half so far.

  • 63'

    Grindheim replaces Gamst Pedersen

  • 62'

    Riise! Brilliant from the left-back, chesting the ball down, beating Walcott with ease and unleashing a rocket at goal. Green saves.

  • 61'

    Norway come again. They must be well ahead on possession this half.

  • 60'

    England finally get hold of the ball and look to release Walcott. The Arsenal man hesitates with space ahead of him. Thow-in to England.

  • 58'

    Braaten cuts in off the right flank and gets a shot in, blocked by Milner. Was given acres of space to shoot by the England defence.

  • 57'

    England now need Milner and Barry to get a grip on this game. All Norway in past five minutes.

  • 56'

    Milner moves into a central role then, alongside Barry. Walcott on the right.

  • 56'

    Walcott replaces Parker

  • 55'

    Corner comes in from the right. Carroll just heads clear ahead of Demidov at the back post.

  • 54'

    Norway still stroking the ball around well. The midfield are all very comfortable on the ball.

  • 53'

    Good defending from Phil Jones after Ruud crossed well from the Norway right. Cleared well.

  • 52'

    A good response from Norway after. Keeping the ball much better now.

  • 51'

    Morten Gamst Pedersen has a strike from 25 yards and England will know all about his ability, but it flies wide of the post.

  • 50'

    Good opening to the second-half for England, Norway will need to up their levels a bit once more.

  • 49'

    Jones hits the post! Powerful run from England's right-back, deflecting off Hangeland and striking the post.

  • 48'

    It is Baines! A cheeky effort aiming low for the near-post, but Jarstein gets down well to save.

  • 47'

    Ashley Young terrifies Brede Hangeland once more and they have a free-kick 20 yards out. Baines looking to take.

  • 46'

    Barry loses the ball with his first-touch. Needs to get into the game.

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF kicks-off


    Gareth Barry replaces Steven Gerrard


    Hearing Gareth Barry will replace Gerrard for the second-half


    Seeing that Gerrard tackle again - he would be off in a competitive game.


    Ashley Young scores England's opening goal against Norway


    Gerrard was the subject of pantomime boos from the home-crowd after that poor challenge. Need to avoid suspensions ahead of the Euros.


    That's four goals in his last four games for Ashley Young. His seventh at international level.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME Norway 0-1 England

  • 45'

    Riise fires a free-kick into the area from range. Well claimed by Robert Green.

  • 45'

    One minute of added-time...

  • 44'

    Gerrard rises at the front-post and heads Pedersen's corner to safety. Still Norway ball.

  • 43'

    Espen Ruud gets down the right for Norway, his cross is blocked by Baines. Corner-kick.

  • 42'

    England looking tight without the ball at the back, but the passing is poor. Gerrard this time.

  • 41'

    Norway come forward, but look to carry very little threat except the invention of Henriksen.

  • 40'

    Shame for Hogli. England go back to keeping the ball in defence, but there have been some sloppy passes in the last few minutes

  • 40'

    Espen Ruud replaces Hogli

  • 38'

    Delay as Hogli is treated and hobbles off...

  • 37'

    Gerrard is a lucky man. Tackles Hogli cleanly but the follow through is studs-up on the ankle. No booking and it wasn't malicious, but he is very fortunate to not receive a card.

  • 36'

    Abdellaoue, off the back of a good season for Hannover, takes a swing at goal from 20 yards. Not too far wide.

  • 35'

    Cheap corner conceded by Carroll, but makes amends with an important clearance from Pedersen's corner.

  • 34'

    England dealing well with Norway's attacks so far. Sitting deep and stepping in at the right time.

  • 33'

    Good break from England. Having halted the Norwegian attack, Young frees Milner down the right and he cuts back, before firing low at goal with his left-foot. Saved.

  • 32'

    Henriksen lines up another shot for Norway, blocked by Parker. Can't afford to give the 19-year-old too much space.

  • 31'

    Good football from England again. Parker and Gerrard spread the ball to Jones on the right whose cross is good, but claimed by Jarstein.

  • 30'

    Swung in by Gerrard from the left, headed clear by Hangeland.

  • 29'

    Parker looks to play Baines down the left, cut out by the defence, but it's a corner.

  • 28'

    England come again. This is a good 3-4 minute spell for the visitors.

  • 27'

    Milner plays Carroll down the right wing area and Young is free in the centre, but the pass is over-hit. Young retrieves and crosses, headed clear.

  • 26'

    Downing produces another good cross from the left, just punched clear by Jarstein with Carroll lurking.

  • 25'

    England look to play out of defence and win a free-kick as Pedersen fouls Gerrard. Some encouraging moments.

  • 24'

    Henriksen almost causes England problems with a clever little back-heel to Elyounoussi who can't bring it under control.

  • 23'

    Andy Carroll linking well with Young in attack. England finally keeping the ball for an extended period. Until Gerrard gives the ball away with an ambitious long-ball.

  • 21'

    Riise causes problems down the England right, firing a low cross across the face of goal. Jagielka does well to clear.

  • 20'

    Norway passing the ball well in midfield. Alexander Tettey sitting at the base and spreading the play.

  • 19'

    England's Andy Carroll attempts a header against Norway

  • 18'

    Daniel Braaten almost capitalises, heading well over as Norway came forward on the counter.

  • 17'

    England not keeping the ball too well yet. Some lively moves finishing with a sloppy pass.

  • 16'

    England clear the Elyounoussi's corner this time. Milner at the near-post.

  • 15'

    Difficult chance for Ashley Young, but he will be disappointed. Chipped over the top by Gerrard and Young looks to volley home from the edge of the area, but sliced over.

  • 14'

    England look to attack down the right, but James Milner's cross is headed well clear. Needs to do better.

  • 13'

    Morten Gamst Pedersen hits the post! The Blackburn midfielder swings in a corner from the right and it's almost an 'Olympic goal' as the ball rattles the near-post.

  • 12'

    Norway look to respond immediately and it's Markus Henriksen with a powerful drive from a narrow angle. Well saved by Rob Green. One to watch, the Rosenborg youngster.

  • 10'

    Great start for England then. Roy Hodgson will be very pleased so far.

  • 9'

    GOAL Norway 0-1 England (Young) Brilliant from the Man Utd player, running at his defender he ties him in knots with a feinted shot. On his left foot he coolly slots home.

  • 8'

    Carroll looks to pick out a through-ball for Ashley Young, but big Brede Hangeland comes out quickly to intercept.

  • 7'

    England trying to play keep-ball, that is until Parker over-hits a long-ball forward.

  • 6'

    Norway not giving England any time and pushing forward. We may be in for a decent game...

  • 5'

    Encouraging that for England. Liverpool fans must be wondering where that's been hiding...

  • 4'

    Excellent! Downing down the left and a sublime cross finds Carroll whose diving header is narrowly wide.

  • 3'

    Scrappy, relentless start. Both teams trying to play the ball, but failing to keep the ball. Should settle down soon.

  • 2'

    Parker steals in and England have the ball for the first time. What can they do?

  • 1'

    Lively start from Norway and Stewart Downing gives away a free-kick. Norway take it short.

  • 1'



    The captains shake-hands and everyone is in position...


    The sing-songs are over, a few more processes to complete then we can play ball!


    Time for the national anthems...


    Here they come, out the tunnel. Norway in their traditional red, England in blue.


    England last won in the Ullevaal in 1966, ahead of the World Cup. Can Roy Hodgson emulate the great Sir Alf Ramsey?


    The Ullevaal is bathed in sunshine, it's a perfect evening for football. The teams are in the tunnel, let's get going!


    Roy Hodgson says he is "pleased to have such tough fixtures" and that he will play a different team next week against Belgium.


    Norway: Jarstein, Hogli, Demidov, Hangeland, Riise, Tettey, Elyounoussi, Henriksen, Pedersen, Braaten, Abdellaoui. Subs: Pettersen, Madsen, Ruud, Grindheim, Huseklepp, Jenssen, Berisha.


    England: Green, Jones, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Downing, Young, Carroll. Subs: Hart, Kelly, Henderson, Barry, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Defoe, Adam Johnson.


    The first test then for Roy Hodgson's new regime. He hasn't had long to work with his players, but lets see what he can do. Chelsea's Champions League winners still to come.


    Before tonight's game, why not read senior editor John Brewin's preview here


    The big news there is the inclusion of Phil Jagielka (currently only on standby for the Euros. Milner and Downing also start, ahead of Gareth Barry and Theo Walcott.


    BREAKING: England - Green, Jones, Baines, Jagielka, Lescott, Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Carroll, Young, Downing.


    England will be hoping to avoid further injury problems ahead of the Euros after seeing goalkeeper John Ruddy ruled out already this week.


    Steven Gerrard will lead England out against Norway after being selected as Hodgson's captain.


    Join us at 1945 BST for live text commentary of Roy Hodgson's first game in charge of England, as the Three Lions travel to Norway for a pre-Euro 2012 friendly.