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England vs. Norway: Top five previous meetings

Ahead of tonight's meeting at Wembley, Sports Mole picks out five of the best previous clashes between England and Norway.

Roy Hodgson's England return to action for the first time this evening since they failed to get beyond the group stages of the World Cup in Brazil.

Their opponents at Wembley will be Norway - a nation that they have faced on 11 previous occasions.

Ahead of that encounter, Sports Mole has selected five of the most memorable fixtures between the two countries.


1. Norway 1-6 England, June 1966

Sir Alf Ramsey's England warmed up for the 1966 World Cup in style with a comprehensive victory in Oslo. A lot of the credit went to Tottenham Hotspur centre-forward Jimmy Greaves, who found the net on four occasions. Also among the scorers was John Connelly and Bobby Moore. It was the latter's second and final goal for the Three Lions.



2. England 4-0 Norway, September 1980

England started their qualification campaign for the 1982 World Cup with the visit of the Scandinavians, who only had a handful of professionals within their starting lineup. The gulf in class showed, with Terry McDermott opening his goalscoring account for the hosts. He scored twice, while Tony Woodcock and Paul Mariner added further goals.



3. Norway 2-1 England, September 1981

In the return fixture, Norway recorded one of their most famous victories. Bryan Robson put England in front, but defensive errors allowed Roger Albertsen and Hallvar Thoresen to hand the home side the win. It sparked one of the most memorable pieces of commentary from Norwegian Bjorge Lillelien, who went on a huge rant which ended with the iconic "your boys took a hell of a beating".



4. England 1-1 Norway, October 1992

Over a decade on from that victory, Norway were a much stronger side when the two teams met in a World Cup qualifier and they proved as much at Wembley. David Platt gave England the lead when he turned in Stuart Pearce's cross, but midfielder Kjetil Rekdal ensured that the spoils would be shared when he scored 14 minutes from time.


5. Norway 2-0 England, June 1993

This was the result that would go a long way to England missing out on a place at USA '94. Graham Taylor's men had drawn their previous encounters with Holland and Poland, which meant that a positive result was required in Oslo. Oyvind Leonhardsen and Lars Bohinen had other ideas, though, as Norway ran out 2-0 winners, leaving England with an uphill task that would end up being too big.



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