Friendly International: England vs Norway Preview

England’s Lionesses face Norway’s Grasshoppers in Bergin on Tuesday evening in their second match, post the World Cup. (Kick off 5pm BST).

Their last meeting came just over two months ago when England defeated Norway 3-0 in the World Cup Quarter Finals.

The Lionesses will be looking to reach that level of performance again, as Phil Neville’s team begin to step up their preparations for the Olympics and the defence of the SheBelieves Cup next year.

England will certainly need to improve on their 3-3 friendly draw with Belgium last week, a team that are currently ranked 15 places below them.

It was only thanks to a late Nikita Parris penalty that the Lionesses avoided their first defeat to the Red Flames since 1980.

Opponents:

Following the World Cup, Norway have had a strong start to their 2021 Euro campaign by winning 6-0 against Northern Ireland last Friday.  Barcelona winger, Caroline Hansen scored an impressive hat trick and will certainly provide the main attacking threat for The Grasshoppers.

Team News:

Phil Neville will once again not be able to call upon World Cup top scorer, Ellen White. The Manchester City striker is likely to face a period on the side-lines through injury along with regular number one goalkeeper, Karen Bardsley.

In the past few days Reading midfielder, Jade Moore has also withdrawn from the squad with a thigh injury and has been replaced by Liverpool winger, Melissa Lawley. 

Midfielder Jill Scott meanwhile has also been rested for these friendlies.

Neville therefore may be tempted to rotate and hand a first start to Chelsea forward, Beth England, who gave an impressive display as a substitute against Belgium.

Manchester City’s, Aoife Mannion could also have a debut at centre back as well as other first time call-ups that include England Under-20 Bronze Medallists, Sandy MacIver and Anna Patten.

Recent Meetings:

Norway won the last international friendly between the two sides, 1-0 in January 2017.  England however won the last two World Cup matches, 3-0 in June 2019 Quarter-final and 2-1 in the Round of 16 match, 2015.

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