As England prepare for their Euro 2012 campaign with a friendly against Norway in Oslo, some are thinking that the English footballers are not going to have an easy time tonight.
England are in the capital are to going head-to-head in a friendly which kicks off 8.45pm (Norway time) at the Ullevaal Stadium.
It will be England’s new manager Roy Hodgson’s first game in national colours since his appointment a month ago, and he is said to feeling confident about the outcome of tonight’s match.
“It will not be good if England lose to Norway, but don’t think it will cause so much trouble since it's all about getting the team ready for the first Euro match,” said Hodgson, who has had previous managerial roles in Denmark and Sweden, notably with FC Copenhagen and Malmo FF.
Despite this, experts say that people should not write off Norway’s chances of getting something out of the game. Nick Collins, who is a well respected reporter for Sky Sports is said to have praised Norway’s “resistance” in recent years and that Hodgson’s debut will be a difficult one.
“A draw is also a positive start for Hodgson,” Collins told NRK. “History shows that England struggles against Norway. I know Hodgson. Norway is a difficult opponent,”
Historically, Norway has the upper hand against England. The last time they faced each other was in 1993 where the Norwegians triumphed to a 2-0 win. Norway lost 0-4 when they met in 1980, however.
England is grouped with France, Sweden and co-host, Ukraine in the Euro 2012.
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