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England v Norway: International Women’s Football Friendly – ​​Live | Women’s football

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Some recommended pre-game viewing:

The teams

England (4-3-3): Deer; Le Tissier, Bright, Greenwood, Charles; Walsh, Toone, James; Parris, Daly, Kelly.

Replacements: Earps, Stanway, Zelem, Morgan, Salmon, Park, Russo, Robinson, MacIver, George.

Norway (4-3-3): Mikalsen; Bjelde, Bergsvand, Harviken, Sonstevold; Naalsund, Engen, Reiten; Eikeland, Haug, Haavi.

Subs for: Pettersen, Lund, Maanum, Blakstad, Thorisdóttir, Bøe Risa, Skoglund, Ildhusøy, Lindbak Hørte, Terland, Jøsendal, Sævik.

England’s starting line-up is below, with Lauren James starting, Manchester United’s Maya Le Tissier making his debut in defense and Ellie Roebuck in goal. Beth Mead is not on the team tonight, having returned early for family reasons.

Preamble

England will play their last match of 2022 tonight at the Pinatar Arena in southern Spain, capping a calendar year that has exceeded all expectations. The Lionesses are still unbeaten under Sarina Wiegman, having won 16 and drawn three of their 19 games this year – a streak that includes the historic home triumph at the Euros in the summer.

While the spectacular extra-time wins against Spain and then Germany in the final will be remembered for longer, it was Norway’s elimination in the group stage that showed for the first time what this team of England was capable. The 8th[EIGHT]-0 victory sent shockwaves through women’s football, especially in Norway, where coach Martin Sjödgren was quickly fired.

His replacement is a household name to England fans – Hege Riise, the caretaker manager who started picking up the pieces after Phil Neville’s departure and also led the British team at the Olympics last year. Wiegman expects to face a much stronger Norwegian defense tonight and could see this game as an opportunity for England’s emerging attacking talents to show what they can do. Kick-off is at 7 p.m. (GMT), team news to follow.



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