England will be taking on Norway in a friendly at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday. Although it was a disappointing World Cup campaign for England which saw them depart after just the group stage, there were some positive signs on the attacking front.
Since that time, several players have announced their international retirement including Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, so the squad that will take the pitch later today won’t have the spine you may have come to expect.
Regardless, changes were needed as England starts building for the 2016 Euros, and even with this being a friendly, you can be sure England’s coach Roy Hodgson will see this as a great opportunity to do just that. Hodgson has confirmed that Wayne Rooney has taken over the England captaincy so it will be interesting to see what if any impact this extra responsibility will have on the Manchester United striker who has been a bit down on form.
Arsenal’s £16 million signing of Manchester United attacker Danny Welbeck picked up a knock in training for this friendly, so is unlikely to be risked. Although it is not like England isn’t devoid of options upfront with the likes of Rooney and Sturridge. The midfield will consist of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling, so there is plenty of youth and speed to control position and provide ample attacking threat.
Norway are currently ranked 53rd in the FIFA world rankings, which is about 33 spots below England which sits in 20th position. Even though head-to-head stats suggest there usually isn’t a lot between these two teams, they shouldn’t cause too many problems for England.
If you open an account at Coral, you can get enhanced odds of 3/1 for England to win the game outright, which compared to the regular odds of 4/9 is very juicy. Daniel Sturridge as first goal scorer at 4/1 also looks like a good bet.