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Wednesday, 3 September 2014
A Vauxhall Friendly International Match

England 1 Norway 0 [0-0]

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (BST): 8.00pm
Attendance: 40,181 lowest attendance since the stadium was rebuilt (until June 2009)

England kicked-off 96 minutes 47:04 & 49:16
[1-0] Wayne Rooney penalty 68 67:26
 powerful right-footed kick to left of the goal as keeper dived the right way.
(Elabdellaoui fouled Sterling 66:31; awarded 66:35)
no cautions
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Andy Townsend

Match Summary


Officials from Portugal

England Squad


Norway Squad        
Referee (dark blue) - Manuel Jorge Neves Moreira de Sousa
39 (18 June 1975), Porto, FIFA listed 2006.

Assistant Referees - Bertino da Cunha Miranda, 42 (18 May 1972), Porto, and Alvaro Daniel Mesquita, 34 (30 May 1980), Vila Real.
Fourth official - Artur
Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias, 35 (14 July 1979), Vila Nova de Gaia

14 Goal Attempts 2
2 Attempts on Target 2
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
7 Corner Kicks Won 3
2 Offside Calls Against 1
13 Fouls Conceded 15
63% Possession 37%

England Team



FIFA (14 August 2014) 20th
EFO ranking
Group 3
ELO rating 13th
Colours: The Nike 2014 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with shadowed pinstripes and silvery white trim, white shorts with silvery white trim, white socks.
Capt: Wayne Rooney
(third (22) captaincy (3)).
Gary Cahill, 69th minute,
 Joe Hart, 84th minute.
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 67 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
32nd match, W 16 - D 11 - L 5 - F 59 - A 27.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 27
137 days
19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 44 33ᵍᵃ
2 Stones, John, off 81st min. 20
98 days
28 May 1994 RB Everton FC 3 0
3 Baines, Leighton J. 29
266 days
11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 27 1
4 Henderson, Jordan B. 24
78 days
17 June 1990 LCM Liverpool FC 14 0
5 Cahill, Gary J., off 84th min. 28
258 days
19 December 1985 RCD Chelsea FC 28 3
6 Jones, Philip A. 22
194 days
21 February 1992 LCD Manchester United FC 12 0
7 Wilshere, Jack A.G., off 69th min. 22
245 days
1 January 1992 RCM Arsenal FC 21 0
8 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., off 69th min. 21
19 days
15 August 1993 RM Arsenal FC 16 3
9 Sturridge, Daniel A., off 89th min. 25
2 days
1 September 1989 LF Liverpool FC 16 5
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 70th min. 28
314 days
24 October 1985 RF Manchester United FC 96 40 ²
the 75th penalty kick scored, 7th in-a-row. the fifth player to score forty England goals (longest to do so)
11 Sterling, Raheem S. 19
269 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
LM Liverpool FC 8 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Norway 0
16 Milner, James P., on 69th min. (68:37) for Oxlade-Chamberlain 28
247 days
4 January 1986 RM Manchester City FC 49 28 1
  17 Delph, Fabian, on 69th min. (68:40) for Wilshere 24
296 days
21 November 1989 CM Aston Villa FC 1 0
1204 the 73rd Villa player to represent England
19 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., on 70th min. (69:06) for Rooney 23
291 days
26 November 1990 RF Arsenal FC 27 17 8
the 62nd Arsenal player to represent England 9
1205 15 Chambers, Calum, on 81st min. (80:52) for Stones 19
226 days
20 January 1995 RB Arsenal FC 1 0
the 63rd Arsenal player to represent England
14 Jagielka, Philip N., on 84th min. (83:53) for Cahill 32
15 days
17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 29 24 2
20 Lambert, Rickie L., on 89th min (88:41) for Sturridge 32
204 days
16 February 1982 LF Liverpool FC 8 3 3
result: England 1 Norway 0
unused substitutes: 12-Danny Rose, 13-Fraser Forster, 18-Andros Townsend.
team notes: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's father, Mark Chamberlain, also played for England (1982-84).
records: Wayne Rooney has now scored a record fourteen goals at the National Stadium.
Fabian Delph is the thirtieth player (eight starters & 22 substitutes) to have made his England debut at the National Stadium.
Manager Roy Hodgson was in charge of UAE against Norway in January 2003 (1-1).
4-4-2 Hart -
(Chambers), Cahill (Jagielka), Jones, Baines -
(Milner), Wilshere (Delph), Henderson, Sterling -
(Welbeck), Sturridge (Lambert).
Averages (Starting XI): Age 24 years 205 days Appearances/Goals 25.9 4.7
youngest XI in 2014-15 & since May 2002


Norway Team



FIFA (14 August 2014) 53rd
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 56th to 57th
Colours: Made by Umbro - Red crew neck jersey with navy blue broad left vertical stripe with white border and cuffs, navy blue shorts with white side trim, red socks with navy blue hoop with white border.
Capt: Per Ciljan Skjelbred
(first captaincy)
Tarik Elyounoussi, 69th min. Ruben Jenssen, 78th minute.
Morten Pedersen, 87th min.
Manager: Per-Mathias Høgmo, 54 (1 December 1959), appointed 27 September 2013
10th match, W 1 - D 3 - L 6 - F 6 - A 18.
Norway Lineup
12 Nyland, Ørjan H. 23
358 days
10 September 1990 G Molde FK 5 0
16 Elabdellaoui, Omar 22
272 days
5 December 1991 RB Olympiacos CFP, Greece 8 0
8 Nordtveit, Håvard 24
83 days
21 June 1990 CD Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach, Germany 16 1
23 Forren, Vegard 26
204 days
16 February 1988 CD Molde FK 15 0
17 Linnes, Martin, injured off 34th min 22
348 days
20 September 1991 LB Molde FK 7 0
15 Skjelbred, Per Ciljan, off 69th min. 27
88 days
16 June 1987 RM Hamburger SV, Germany 24 1
6 Johansen, Stefan M. 23
243 days
8 January 1991 CM The Celtic FC, Scotland 10 1
19 Jenssen, Ruben Y., off 87th min. 26
127 days
4 May 1988 LM 1.FC Kaiserslautern, Germany 33 0
20 Dæhli, Mats M., injured off 57th min (56:30). 19
185 days
2 March 1995 RF Cardiff City FC, Wales 6 0
7 King, Joshua C.K., off 76th min. 22
237 days
15 January 1992 CF Blackburn Rovers FC, England 12 2
10 Elyounoussi, Tarik, off 78th min. 26
198 days
23 February 1988
in El Hoceima, Morocco
LF TSv 1899 Hoffenheim, Germany 32 8
Norway Substitutes
5 Flo, Per Egil, on 36th min. (35:50) for Linnes 25
234 days
18 January 1989 LB Molde FK 2 0
14 Konradsen, Anders Å., on 57th min. (56:34) for Dæhli 24
47 days
18 July 1990 RF Stade Rennais FC, France 6 1
scoreline: England 1 Norway 0
24 Elyounoussi, Mohamed, on 69th min. (68:18) for Skjelbred 19
30 days
4 August 1994
in El Hoceima, Morocco
RM Molde FK 3 0
18 Nielsen, Håvard K., on 76th min.21for King 21
50 days
15 July 1993 CF Braunschweiger TSv Eintracht 1895, Germany, on loan from FC Red Bull Salzburg, Austria 16 1
25 Kamara, Ola W., on 78th min. (77:42) for T. Elyounoussi 24
323 days
15 October 1989 LF FK Austria Wien, Austria 7 1
11 Pedersen, Morten Gamst, on 87th min. (86:58) for Jenssen 32
360 days
8 September 1981 LM Rosenborg BK 82 17
result: England 1 Norway 0
unused substitutes: 1-Rune Almenning Jarstein, 3-Fredrik Semb Berge, 4-Steffen Hagen, 9-Jone Samuelsen, 21-Alexander Tettey, 22-Andre Hansen.
 team notes: The Elyounoussi's are cousins
4-3-3 Nyland -
Elabdellaoui, Nordtveit, Forren, Linnes
(Flo) -
(M.Elyounoussi), Johansen, Jenssen (Pedersen) -
(Kondradsen), King (Nielsen), T.Elyonoussi (Kamara).
Averages (Starting XI): Age 24 years 77 days Appearances/Goals 15.3 1.1
youngest opposing XI in 2014-15 least experienced opposing XI in 2014-15


    Match Report  by Mike Payne

A new season, a new captain and very much a new era for England, as we said goodbye to several of our regular players from the past ten years or so.  This 'new' England began their season with a friendly match against Norway, and Roy Hodgson selected a side of young talent, all in good club form, and raring to go under new skipper Wayne Rooney.  The first task was to put the memory of a dismal World Cup campaign behind them as they prepared for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers.

England began the match confidently, passing the ball well and moving it crisply across the lush green turf of Wembley. And after four minutes they had their first chance when they won a free-kick just outside the penalty area, would it be Rooney or Leighton Baines?  It turned out to be Baines but the ball flew well over the crossbar as the Everton player fluffed the kick.

For the next ten minutes, England played slowly and methodically, trying to entice Norway out from their defensive shell.  The visitors seemed content with 0-0 from the very first whistle!  It was left to the two liveliest players on the pitch to create the first piece of excitement.  Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge combined brilliantly to set the latter up.  But Sturridge's shot was weak and easily blocked.  Then Jack Wilshere almost played in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but from the resultant corner Phil Jones headed well wide.  There was some neat football by England but the final ball was never quite right.  Some of the play was too Arsenal-ish, with plenty of possession but no end product.

In the 21st minute a rare sortie forward by Norway ended with Tarik Elyounoussi giving Joe Hart his first save, albeit an easy one.  Wilshere continued to probe with some good passes which just failed to unlock the tightly packed Norwegian back line, and then on 25 minutes England came very close to an opening goal.  A brilliant pass by Sterling, spotting a run from his club colleague Sturridge, found the Liverpool striker in with a great chance.  Unfortunately, his hurried lob cleared the goalkeeper, but also cleared the crossbar too.  At least England came close and it was the nearest to a goal so far.

One disappointing feature of England's play was in the number of times they wasted free-kicks and corners.  From one attack Baines saw a shot blocked for a corner and from the kick Gary Cahill shot tamely wide.

Before half-time a cross from the left caused alarm at the back for England but Jones cleared the danger.  Hart then moved smartly to dive at Mats Daehli's feet whilst at the other end Wilshere went down in the box under a challenge to screams of penalty from the crowd.  The referee thought otherwise and the half ended with Norway's goalkeeper Orjan Nyland having not been tested.

The England fans hoped that after the break England would up the tempo and put pressure on the Norway back four, but in fact it was the visitors who did exactly that early in the second half.  But for two excellent saves from Hart, England could have found themselves behind.  Josh King, whose main claim to fame (to this Preston fan) is that he became North End's 1000th first team player during a loan spell at Deepdale, suddenly produced a fine header from a corner.  A brilliant leap and a strong left hand from Hart saved the day for England.  Shortly afterwards a bad slip by Cahill, again let in King, and this time he was thwarted by Hart's legs as the goalkeeper spread himself well.

At this point England struggled for possession and Norway were definitely the better side in this early part of the second period.  But there were few incidents of note until the 67th minute.  Sterling, lively throughout, found space down the left and as he went past Omar Elabdellaoui, the defender lunged in and Sterling went down.  This time it was a penalty!  It was time for the skipper to step up to the plate.  Rooney had had a very quiet game thus far, but the confident way he whacked home the penalty lifted everyone's spirits.  It was his 41st [ed: 40th] England goal, he is now 4th [ed: still fifth] in the list of goalscorers, but it was also his last kick as Hodgson brought him off following a raft of substitutions.  Fabian Delph, James Milner and Danny Welbeck all came on, with Delph making his debut.  Welbeck was soon in the action too, and he forced Nyland into a good save on 73 minutes, as well as adding some strength in attack.  He almost set up Delph for a debut goal with a great cross from the left, but Delph was just too far behind the play.

Other substitutions for both sides were made and the game began to peter out.  Good play by Delph, Sterling and Welbeck gave Henderson a sight of goal but his 20 yard shot was too high.  At least now though England looked as though they had a bit more of a goal threat.  It was ironical that they were playing better with Rooney off the field.  John Stones went off to enable Calum Chambers to make his full England debut, and Stones can be satisfied with a steady showing at right-back.  The rhythm of the game was lost by now though as the many substitutions interrupted proceedings, although there was time for one more England attack, and it was a good one too.

A Norway corner was intercepted and a swift breakaway by Sturridge found Sterling who passed inside to the marauding Milner.  Only a late saving block by a defender prevented Milner's left-footed shot finding the target.  1-0 was about right though and it was a relief for England to at least win their first match for a while.  Quite a few positives for the home side, but the sterner tests ahead may produce a few more questions for Hodgson to answer.


Source Notes

BBC Sport

Mike Payne - football historian and contributor