(Sporting Alert) — Andy Carroll and Robert Green, as announced by manager Roy Hodgson in midweek, start for England in their first outing under the new boss against Norway in Oslo tonight.
Hodgson, who took over from Fabio Capello had said: “Andy ended the season well and has continued in the same vein with us, and that was after a difficult start at Liverpool.
“I know what I am going to do but I haven’t told the players yet. The back four takes care of itself.”
Green will get his first England game since his disaster at the World Cup in Rustenburg in 2010 against the United States.
As expected, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard with skipper the team
“Rob Green will be in goal and Steven (Gerrard) will start as captain,” Hodgson said.
In action also are the recovering Scott Parker, Ashley Young and Leighton Baines, while the central defence will see Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka starting.
Surprisingly Liverpool’s Stewart Downing is the man handed the duty to start on the other wing with Young, despite not really showing anything special this season.
Chelsea stars Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill, who were involved in last week’s Champions League victory were rested. Defender John Terry, despite not playing in the game also miss the game.
Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, who suspended for the first two games and Danny Welbeck, who is still injured are unavailable.
Norway v England
Norway: Jarstein, Hogli, Demidov, Hangeland, Riise, Tettey, Elyounoussi, Henriksen, Pedersen, Braaten, Abdellaoui.
Subs: Pettersen, Madsen, Ruud, Grindheim, Huseklepp, Jenssen, Berisha.
England: Green, Jones, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Downing, Young, Carroll.
Subs: Hart, Kelly, Henderson, Barry, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Defoe, Adam Johnson.
Referee: Michael Weiner (Germany)