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England will look to put their world cup woes behind them as they usher in a new era against Norway later today.

Roy Hodgson’s side failed to make it out of the group stages in Brazil, the first time since 1954 that such an event has occurred. Despite their failures there was plenty of positives with the younger generation, in particular Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge catching the eye.


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The spotlight will once again be on the pair against Norway as an even less experienced squad, minus the services of retired legends Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, beings their preparations for Euro 2016.

Uncapped trio Fabian Delph, Danny Rose and Calum Chambers join a squad that will have Wayne Rooney as captain. A fourth new call up, Jack Colback is unavailable while Arsenal’s new signing Danny Welbeck is also out.

Tottenham full-back Rose, Chelsea defender Gary Cahill and Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all expected to feature despite arriving for duty with minor knocks.

While the team may be in a period of transition so too are Wednesday’s visitors with the likes of Morten Gamst Pedersen and Brede Hangeland no longer available for selection.

The Norwegians have won just one of their last 11 international fixtures and face England’s world cup opponents, Italy, in their first European qualifier next week in dire need of a positive result.

England meanwhile will be out to exercise the ghosts of Brazil and while the focus is on youth, eyes will be firmly on Russia as the 67 year old Hodgson rebuilds the Three Lions.

While a win over Norway would be a welcome boost the real test will come on Monday against a Switzerland side that showed plenty of promise at the World cup, reaching the knock out stages.

The game at Wembley has failed to capture the imagination of the footballing public with an expected gate of between 35,000 to 40,000 set to watch the game.

Trevor Keane

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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