Roy Hodgson content with Norway victory

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England manager Roy Hodgson was happy with his side's performance against Norway on Wednesday night.

Hodgson's team narrowly beat Norway 1-0 thanks to an emphatically converted Wayne Rooney penalty.

Norway came with a game plan to frustrate, and frustrate they did, their rugged defending mixed with a lack-luster England attack meant the 40,000 crowd at Wembley left with mixed emotions.

Ex-Manchester United player, Joshua King, was Norway's stand out performer, causing all sorts of problems for an English defence that never looked content at defending the Blackburn youngster's attack.

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"We dominated the game, played well, with some good movement but they defended well in their area," Hodgson said to Sky Sports. "I was disappointed with the start of the second half - we didn't do anything like as well in the first 15 minutes but then we changed things and brought some different players on changed the formation and I thought we finished strongly.

"When Danny, James and Fabian came on we were aleady leading 1-0. We were playing against a team who were not making too many attempts to attack us in the first half - getting a lot of players behind the ball and they frustrated us."

The England squad will travel to Basel for their first Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland on Monday night.

Hodgson pleased with Sterling and Welbeck

Hodgson spoke specifically about Raheem Sterling and Danny Welbeck's performance.

He added: "It is not always right to compare performances in the first 20-25 minutes with the last but I am happy with Danny Welbeck - I thought he was very lively when he came on

"I do think that when Sterling move into the centre he did show the full range of his dribbling ability so it's nice to now we have these options and we aren't going to be restricted to just one way of playing."

The England manager went on to confirm that despite reports, Gary Cahill should be injury free for the upcoming Switzerland game.

"He could have completed the game, but we thought it prudent to take him off," said Hodgson.

"There shouldn't be any doubt about him playing on Monday."

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