Norway 0 England 1
Norway 0 England 1, Ullevall Stadium, International Friendly Match, May 26, 2012. England laboured to a narrow 1-0 victory against Norway in Oslo. The Three Lions should have taken the lead in the fifth minute when free flowing Liverpool flanker Stewart Downing crossed for fellow Anfield player Andy Carroll, but the striker could only head wide.
There was not much to remember from this match, if looked from a Norwegian point of view. In the ninth minute of the international friendly encounter, Manchester United winger Ashley Young put the visiting side into an early lead after an absolutely stunning individual performance. That proved to be enough to overcome a Norwegian team that had not lost an international game at their Ullevaal Stadium since June 2010. The long ball merchants of Norway almost got an equaliser shortly after, though, when Blackburn Rovers playmaker Morten Gamst Pedersen hit the woodwork for the hosts directly from a flag-kick. England dominated the first period and Manchester City midfielder James Milner put the Norwegian shot stopper to the test with a brilliant effort in the 34th minute. Only eight minutes before the sound of the half time signal, however, Steven Gerrard was booked for a mindless and unnecessary challenge on Club Brugge Norway defender Tom Hogli that brought jeers and boos from the home crowd. Egil Olsen´s plucky players pressed hard for a levelling goal during the second period but they could not find the back of net. And even though the Norwegian supporters felt that The Three Lions had used excessively physical tactics to win the friendly tie, it was a decent start for newly appointed manager Roy Hodgson. Norway Team: Rune Jarstein, Vadim Demidov, John Arne Riise, Tom Hogli, Brede Hangeland, Markus Henriksen, Morten Gamst Pedersen, Alexander Tettey, Mohammed Abdellaoue, Daniel Braaten, Tarik Elyounoussi. Substitutes: Espen Bruge Pettersen, Kim Andre Madsen, Valon Berisha, Espen Ruud, Christian Grindheim, Ruben Yttergard Jenssen, Erik Huseklepp. England Team: Rob Green, Joleon Lescott, Leighton Baines, Phil Jones, Phil Jagielka, Ashley Young, James Milner, Stewart Downing, Steven Gerrard, Scott Parker, Andy Carroll. Substitutes: Joe Hart, Martin Kelly, Alexander Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gareth Barry, Jordan Henderson, Adam Johnson, Theo Walcott, Jermain Defoe.
England beat Norway 4-0 in a World Cup Qualifier at Wembley on the 10th of September 1980. The starting eleven were Peter Shilton, Kenny Sansom, Viv Anderson, Dave Watson, Phil Thompson, Terry McDermott, Graham Rix, Bryan Robson, Paul Mariner, Eric Gates, and Tony Woodcock.