England vs Norway LIVE: Lionesses limp to 26 unbeaten as Norway hint at next generation

England vs Norway LIVE: Lionesses limp to 26 unbeaten as Norway hint at next generation

Sarina Wiegman Lionesses’ ended their year with a 1-1 friendly draw with Norway as the Dutch boss gave the youth a chance in Spain

England players and backroom staff huddle on the pitch following the International Friendly with Norway

England capped off a memorable year with a 1-1 draw against Norway in Spain on Tuesday night.

The European champions extended their unbeaten run to 26 games under Sarina Wiegman, although they were pegged back by Hege Riise’s side after initially taking the lead at Murcia’s Pinatar Arena. England came into Tuesday’s clash having already secured a stunning 8-0 victory over Norway during the summer’s Euros group stage.

With a number of injuries to key England players, it looked unlikely to be a similar result this time round, and Wiegman handed a senior debut to Manchester United’s Maya Le Tissier, with Aston Villa striker Rachel Daly given the nod up front. It was Daly who put England ahead after 33 minutes, nodding home a tantalising cross from Chloe Kelly.

It looked as if the Lionesses could add to their tally when Norway were reduced to 10 players in the second half after a red card for Anja Sønstevold. However it was Arsenal’s Frida Maanum, who was brought on as a substitute, who made England pay for a defensive mix up in the 80th minute.

Sarina Wiegman’s side pressed for a winner late on but couldn’t find a way through a resilent Norway defence. While Wiegman will be disappointed not to have picked a win, the last week’s international double-header has afforded a host of young players with vital minutes ahead of next year’s World Cup.

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Goodnight…

That’s the end of our live coverage.

Not a vintage England display tonight but one that marks the end of a truly incredible year.

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Thank you for joining us!

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Wiegman on a memorable 2022

Speaking to ITV Sport about England’s memorable year, Sarina Wiegman said: “It has been very nice, although I am a little disappointed with this tie. If you would have said this would all happen last September I probably wouldn’t believe you. This is really incredible. I will toast a little at Christmas time.”

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Match recap

England extended their unbeaten run under Sarina Wiegman to 26 games following a 1-1 draw with Norway.

Hege Riise’s side made a bright start to the tie before Aston Villa’s Rachel Daly latched on to a tantalising cross by Chloe Kelly to give the Lionesses the lead inside 33 minutes. Daly had been given the nod up front, with her manager praising her versatlity ahead of Tuesday’s clash.

It looked as if the Lionesses might add to their tally in the second half when Norway were reduced to 10 players after a red card for Anja Sønstevold. However it was Arsenal’s Frida Maanum, who was brought on as a substitute, who made England pay for a defensive mix up in the 80th minute.

It was a moment to forget for Manchester City goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck who failed to deal with a speculative ball forward, and the in-form Maanum was there to pounce for the Grasshoppers.

Sarina Wiegman’s side pressed for a winner late on but couldn’t find a way through a resilent Norway defence. While Wiegman will be disappointed not to have picked up a win, the international break’s double-header has afforded a host of young players with vital minutes ahead of next year’s World Cup and capped off a memorable year for the Lionesses.

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A ‘special moment’ for Rachel Daly

England goalscorer Rachel Daly said her goal tonight carried extra significance following the death of her dad Martyn last September.

She told ITV: It was obviously a special moment for me tonight, esp wearing the number nine shirt – it was the number my dad wore when he used to play.”

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FULL-TIME: England 1-1 Norway

England 1-1 Norway

England extend their unbeaten run to 26 games under Sarina Wiegman.

The Lionesses pegged back after a goal from Frida Maanum.

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Last chance for England?

England 1-1

Katie Zelem wins a free-kick on the right-hand side. Georgia Stanway sends it in a good ball and England manage to recycle possession before Russo heads wide.

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England pushing for late winner

England 1-1 Norway

We’re into four minutes of stoppage time now. Can England produce a late winner?

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Glimpse of Robinson’s quality

England 1-1 Norway

Katie Robinson picks up the ball down the right-hand side and whips in a lovely ball. Norway get a free kick for a nudge by Kelly.

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Important goalkeeping from Mikalsen

England 1-1 Norway

Mikalsen has put in a commanding display in the last ten minutes, punching away a flurry of balls into the box to keep England at bay.

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ENGLAND DEBUT

England 1-1 Norway

Brighton’s Katie Robinson is on for her senior debut. She replaces Nikita Parris.

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Can England get themselves back in front in the closing stages?

England 1-1 Norway

Can England get themselves back in front in the closing stages?

MURCIA, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 15: Georgia Stanway of England reacts during the International Friendly between England and Norway at Pinatar Arena on November 15, 2022 in Murcia, Spain. (Photo by Naomi Baker – The FA/The FA via Getty Images) (

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GOAL!

England 1-1 Norway

It’s a mistake at the back that sees Norway level things up against England.

Ellie Roebuck ventures out of her area to deal with a speculative ball forward and completely misses it.

Arsenal’s Frida Maanum makes no mistake and puts it away.

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CHANCE!

England 1-0 Norway

It’s a delightful touch from Russo that fashions another big chance for England. The Manchester United star has the awareness to pick out Chloe Kelly, whose shot deflects wide.

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SUBSITUTIONS

England 1-0 Norway

Manchester United’s Vilde Boe Rise and Maria Thoridottir are on for 10-player Norway.

Plenty of United players on the pitch now.

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RED CARD!

England 1-0 Norway

It’s been a five minutes to forget for Anja Sonstevold. She’s dismissed after picking up a second yellow card for another heavy challenge on Parris, who is doing well down the right for England.

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SAVE!

England 1-0 Norway

It’s a lovely passage of play from the Lionesses, starting with some excellent work in midfield from Alessia Russo.

Niamh Charles fizzes in a decent ball to Nikita Parris but her header is saved by Mikalsen.

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Will England add to their tally?

England 1-0 Norway

Little more than 20 minutes to go now. Will England add to their tally to ensure they extend their unbeaten run?

MURCIA, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 15: Chloe Kelly of England runs with the ball during the International Friendly between England and Norway at Pinatar Arena on November 15, 2022 in Murcia, Spain. (Photo by Naomi Baker – The FA/The FA via Getty Images) (

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Anja Sønstevold booked

England 1-0 Norway

Nikita Parris is back to her feet after she’s brought down by Anja Sønstevold, who gets the first booking of the evening.

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Alessia Russo on for England

England 1-0 Norway

Alex Greenwood is replaced by Alessia Russo.

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Frida Maanum on for Norway

England 1-0 Norway

Arsenal midfielder Frida Maanum has been in frightening form for her club and she’s brought on in midfield for Norway.

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Kelly bright spark for England

England 1-0 Norway

Chloe Kelly has been England’s best player so far. She fizzes in a delicious ball from the left which just evades Rachel Daly.

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Another Roebuck save

England 1- Norway

Ellie Roebuck is called upon again. The Manchester City goalkeeper is at full stretch to save from Reiten’s free kick.

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SAVE!

England 1-0 Norway

England linger on the ball at the back and it falls at the feet of Sophie Roman Haug who forces a good save from Ellie Roebuck.

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SHOT!

England 1-0 Noway

A nice little passage of play from England. Stanway finds Kelly on the edge of the area and the Manchester City forward lets the ball run across her body before she fires her shot wide of the post.

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Norway starting second half strong

England 1-0 Norway

As in the first half, Norway have made a better start after the kick-off. They’re lacking that clinical edge but keep finding space as they press forward through England’s midfield.

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CHANCE!

England 1-0 Norway

An early chance for Norway in the second half. Reading’s Amalie Eikeland looks to curl one after finding some space on the edge of the area but her shot goes wide of Roebuck’s post.

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Second half underway…

England get us underway in the second half….

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Three changes for England

England 1-0 Norway

Katie Zelem, Georgia Stanway and Esme Morgan brought on to replace Millie Bright, Keira Walsh and Lauren James.

Stanway takes the captains armband.

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‘I want to see some bravery’

Karen Carney has said she wants to “see some bravery” from England’s youngsters in the second half.

It’s the last chance to impress Sarina Wiegman this year.

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Chloe Kelly ‘causing problems’

Speaking to ITV Sport, Ian Wright said: “Good movement from Rachel Daly. Chloe Kelly with that much space is going to cause you problems.

“There’s so much space in front that the defender has to be wary but the ball is good enough for Daly.”

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