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Semb to leave Norway post

Norway coach Nils Johan Semb has announced his latest squad - and that he is to retire after UEFA EURO 2004™.

Time to go
Semb will leave his post after the EURO 2004™ finals - or before if Norway fail to qualify. "I will consider stepping down earlier if Norway don't qualify," he said. "I don't think I will be taking over a club immediately. I have been a coach for 16 years now and want a break." The 44-year-old took over from Egil Olsen in 1998 - but would not be drawn on a possible replacement.

Midfield call-ups
The coach also included a few surprises in his squad for the Group 2 game in Zenica. Midfield players Martin Andresen and Jan Gunnar Solli - of Stabæk IF and Rosenborg BK respectively - have been retained after receiving first call-ups for the recent friendly against Scotland.

Flo absence
Striker Tore André Flo was left out following his move from Sunderland AFC to Italy's Siena Calcio, while Rangers FC defender Henning Berg will win his 97th cap if he plays. Norway are currently second in EURO 2004™ Group 2, two points behind leaders Denmark and five ahead of the Bosnians, who have a game in hand. The Scandinavians' last match is against Luxembourg on 11 October.

Norway squad
E Johnsen, Olsen, Basma, Bergdølmo, Berg, Lundekvam, R Johnsen, Andersen, Hangeland, Andresen, Strand, F Johnsen, Solli, Riise, Solskjær, Iversen, Carew.