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Young gifts Hodgson's England a winning start

Published: Saturday 26 May 2012, 23.30CET
Norway 0-1 England
Ashley Young scored the only goal in Oslo to defeat the hosts and hand Roy Hodgson a win in his first outing as England manager.
Young gifts Hodgson's England a winning start
England's Ashley Young scores to earn manager Roy Hodgson a first win in charge ©AFP

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Published: Saturday 26 May 2012, 23.30CET

Young gifts Hodgson's England a winning start

Norway 0-1 England
Ashley Young scored the only goal in Oslo to defeat the hosts and hand Roy Hodgson a win in his first outing as England manager.

Roy Hodgson's reign as England manager got off to an ideal start as an early goal from Ashley Young was enough to spur England to victory against Norway in Oslo.

England began with an unfamiliar defensive line and a new attacking pairing in Andy Carroll and Young, and the latter slid home the only goal of the game nine minutes in. Although the visitors could not add to their tally, James Milner and Leighton Baines both tested Norway goalkeeper Rune Jarstein and Phil Jones struck a post, boosting confidence ahead of their final warm-up game against Belgium next Saturday, before Hodgson's men start their UEFA EURO 2012 Group D campaign against France on 11 June.

Norway were served a warning with just four minutes gone when Carroll thumped a header from Stewart Downing's cross just wide. It proved only a temporary respite as the hosts were breached five minutes later, Young driving forward after collecting Carroll's pass and skipping beyond Brede Hangeland before side-footing neatly past Jarstein.

Norway responded immediately as Markus Henriksen almost sneaked a drive inside Rob Green's near post. From the resulting corner, Morten Gamst Pedersen then struck the woodwork directly, with the England keeper stranded.

At the other end, Young volleyed captain Steven Gerrard's lobbed pass over the bar before Carroll over-hit a low cross, failing to take advantage of the goalscorer being completely unmarked in the centre. As England attacked again, Milner was set free on the right, but his low shot was well saved by Jarstein at his near post, with Norway restricted to fruitless long-range efforts in the first period.

Immediately after the restart, left-back Baines forced Jarstein into an excellent low stop from a free-kick, and the visitors went close again as a Jones attempt deflected off Hangeland onto an upright. John Arne Riise's drive from the left tested Green's reactions as Norway pressured, but England held on to gift their new manager a first victory.

 
Last updated: 26/05/12 23.16CET

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Lineups

Norway

Norway

England

England

1
JarsteinRune Jarstein (GK)
1
GreenRobert Green (GK)
2
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise (GK)
2
JagielkaPhil Jagielka
3
HangelandBrede Hangeland
3
BainesLeighton Baines
4
HøgliTom Høgli
Substitution40
4
LescottJoleon Lescott
5
DemidovVadim Demidov
5
JonesPhil Jones
Substitution88
6
PedersenMorten Gamst Pedersen
Substitution62
6
DowningStewart Downing
Substitution85
7
TetteyAlexander Tettey
Substitution90
7
GerrardSteven Gerrard
Substitution46
8
BraatenDaniel Braaten
Substitution74
8
YoungAshley Young
Goal9
Substitution73
9
AbdellaoueMohammed Abdellaoue
9
MilnerJames Milner
10
HenriksenMarkus Henriksen
Substitution84
10
ParkerScott Parker
Substitution56
11
ElyounoussiTarik Elyounoussi
11
CarrollAndy Carroll

Substitutes

12
RuudEspen Ruud
Substitution40
12
BarryGareth Barry
Substitution46
13
GrindheimChristian Grindheim
Substitution62
13
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution56
14
HusekleppErik Huseklepp
Substitution74
14
Oxlade-ChamberlainAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Substitution73
15
BerishaValon Berisha
Substitution84
15
HendersonJordan Henderson
16
JenssenRuben Yttergård Jenssen
Substitution90
16
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
Substitution85
17
KellyMartin Kelly
Substitution88

Coach

Egil Olsen (NOR) Roy Hodgson (ENG)

Referee

Manuel Gräfe (GER)

Assistant referees

Christoph Bornhorst (GER), Holger Henschel (GER)

Fourth official

Geir Åge Holen (NOR)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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