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England1Norway0

England 1-0 Norway

Rooney scores from the penalty spot for England
  • Rooney becomes England's fourth-highest goalscorer
  • Lowest attendance at the new Wembley for England game
  • England give debuts to Chambers and Delph

Wayne Rooney celebrated his appointment as England captain with the winner against Norway on a night when fans turned their back on the team following their dismal World Cup exit.

Only 40,181 turned out at Wembley for England's first game since they were eliminated after two group-stage defeats by Italy and Uruguay in Brazil.

Rooney's penalty at least enabled manager Roy Hodgson to enjoy the taste of victory after a winless summer in South America - but the lowest turn-out for an England international at the new Wembley underlined the extent to which England have lost the public's imagination.

Norway are hardly the most glamorous of opponents, but on a balmy night such a meagre attendance is a reflection on the apathy that currently surrounds the England team after the World Cup.

This game was designed as preparation for Monday's testing Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland in Basel and it was an uninspiring affair played out in front of vast swathes of empty seats, with Wembley's top tier deserted and the one below hardly populated.

Former England defender Phil Neville on BBC Radio 5 live
"Forget the result. You have to learn things about your team from friendlies like this and the first system England used (4-4-2) was a bit slow.
"When they changed it to three in midfield it was more exciting and that's the system I'd like to see on Monday."

If there were positives to take from England's display it was the vibrant performance from Liverpool's young attacker Raheem Sterling and Rooney's goal, which was his 41st for his country, taking him to fourth in the all-time listings and only eight behind record-holder Sir Bobby Charlton.

Sterling won the 68th-minute penalty that proved decisive when he was fouled by Omar Elabdellaoui, allowing Rooney to comprehensively beat Norway keeper Orjan Haskold Nyland.

Liverpool team-mates Sterling and Daniel Sturridge were lively in partnership in the first half but Norway were given some encouragement when they put England under pressure after the break, keeper Joe Hart saving brilliantly from Joshua King, who also almost took advantage of a slip by Gary Cahill.

Cahill provided a late worry for Hodgson when he limped off after a knock and had his ankle encased in ice.

Hodgson tried Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson as his new central midfield partnership, with former captain Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard now retired and Everton's Ross Barkley injured.

Both were busy but in such an atmosphere, more akin to a testimonial than an England international, it seemed the players had trouble raising their own game.

A new low for England
The lowest attendance for an England match at Wembley since 2007, before the game against Norway, was the friendly against Sweden in November 2011, when 48,876 turned up

Hodgson will have been satisfied by a solid performance at right-back from Everton's John Stones while Arsenal new boy Danny Welbeck, signed from Manchester United in a £16m deadline day deal, looked lively as a substitute.

There were also England debuts for Arsenal's summer signing Calum Chambers and Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph.

Switzerland will provide a much sterner test, as they proved with their own performances in Brazil, and Hodgson will at least hope England's confidence has been bolstered by the victory, if not the performance in an almost surreal Wembley atmosphere.

Wembley was less than half full for England first match since their disappointing World Cup
New England captain Wayne Rooney did not have a shot on goal in the first half
England coach Roy Hodgson (right) gives his players a team-talk during a frustrating first half for his team
Rooney moved to fourth on the all-time England goalscorers list with his penalty
New Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck impressed when he came on and went close with a late effort

Line-ups

England

  • 1Hart
  • 2StonesSubstituted forChambersat 81'minutes
  • 5CahillSubstituted forJagielkaat 84'minutes
  • 6Jones
  • 3Baines
  • 8Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forDelphat 69'minutes
  • 4Henderson
  • 7WilshereSubstituted forMilnerat 69'minutes
  • 11Sterling
  • 9SturridgeSubstituted forLambertat 89'minutes
  • 10RooneySubstituted forWelbeckat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Rose
  • 13Forster
  • 14Jagielka
  • 15Chambers
  • 16Milner
  • 17Delph
  • 18Townsend
  • 19Welbeck
  • 20Lambert

Norway

  • 12Nyland
  • 16Elabdellaoui
  • 8Nordtveit
  • 23Forren
  • 17LinnesSubstituted forFloat 36'minutes
  • 15SkjelbredSubstituted forElyounoussiat 69'minutes
  • 6Johansen
  • 19JenssenSubstituted forPedersenat 87'minutes
  • 20Möller DaehliSubstituted forKonradsenat 57'minutes
  • 7KingSubstituted forNielsenat 76'minutes
  • 10ElyounoussiSubstituted forKamaraat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jarstein
  • 3Semb Berge
  • 4Hagen
  • 5Flo
  • 9Samuelsen
  • 11Pedersen
  • 14Konradsen
  • 18Nielsen
  • 21Tettey
  • 22Hansen
  • 24Elyounoussi
  • 25Kamara
Referee:
Manuel Jorge Sousa
Attendance:
40,181

Match Stats

Home TeamEnglandAway TeamNorway
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home14
Away2
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, England 1, Norway 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, England 1, Norway 0.
Offside, Norway. Vegard Forren tries a through ball, but Ola Kamara is caught offside.
Corner, England. Conceded by Omar Elabdellaoui.
Danny Welbeck (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Stefan Johansen (Norway).

Substitution

Substitution, England. Rickie Lambert replaces Daniel Sturridge.
Corner, England. Conceded by Stefan Johansen.
Attempt blocked. James Milner (England) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
Corner, Norway. Conceded by Danny Welbeck.

Substitution

Substitution, Norway. Morten Gamst Pedersen replaces Ruben Jenssen.
Foul by Danny Welbeck (England).
Per Egil Flo (Norway) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Phil Jagielka replaces Gary Cahill.
Phil Jones (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ola Kamara (Norway).

Substitution

Substitution, England. Calum Chambers replaces John Stones.

Substitution

Substitution, Norway. Ola Kamara replaces Tarik Elyounoussi.
Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (England) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
Attempt missed. Phil Jones (England) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Milner with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Norway. Havard Nielsen replaces Joshua King.
Corner, England. Conceded by Per Egil Flo.
Raheem Sterling (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Stefan Johansen (Norway).
Attempt saved. Danny Welbeck (England) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Danny Welbeck replaces Wayne Rooney.

Substitution

Substitution, England. James Milner replaces Jack Wilshere.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Fabian Delph replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Substitution

Substitution, Norway. Mohammed Elyounoussi replaces Per Skjelbred.

Goal!

Goal! England 1, Norway 0. Wayne Rooney (England) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.
Penalty England. Raheem Sterling draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Omar Elabdellaoui (Norway) after a foul in the penalty area.
Raheem Sterling (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Joshua King (Norway).
Foul by John Stones (England).
Per Egil Flo (Norway) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Vegard Forren (Norway) because of an injury.
Daniel Sturridge (England) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Vegard Forren (Norway).
Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (England).
Per Egil Flo (Norway) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, England. Conceded by Vegard Forren.

Substitution

Substitution, Norway. Anders Agnes Konradsen replaces Mats Daehli because of an injury.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Mats Daehli (Norway) because of an injury.
Gary Cahill (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joshua King (Norway).
Foul by Raheem Sterling (England).
Per Skjelbred (Norway) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Norway. Conceded by Joe Hart.
Attempt saved. Joshua King (Norway) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ruben Jenssen with a cross.
Corner, Norway. Conceded by Jordan Henderson.
Foul by Leighton Baines (England).
Mats Daehli (Norway) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Second Half

Second Half begins England 0, Norway 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, England 0, Norway 0.
Foul by John Stones (England).
Tarik Elyounoussi (Norway) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Raheem Sterling (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Stefan Johansen (Norway).
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