England labour to narrow victory over Norway

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It was a cool late summer Wednesday night when England and Norway clashed - actually clashed is too strong a word, met?

In an only half-filled Wembley stadium, the Mexican waves started far too early - this was not a display to remember.

For those unlucky enough to have watched the game at the stadium or on television, you will know that a lacklustre England found themselves worryingly evenly matched by the Norwegians.

Angry Hodgson

Roy Hodgson was angry during his post-match conference, perhaps as he had been left to stew and wallow in his  previous words that he was bringing about a new era in English football.

England, whose team was packed full of these new, bright-eyed potential stars, were able to accumulate all of two shots on target against Norway.

The England bench even looked nervous at times as they watched a powerful Norway get a few shots on goal straight after the second half kicked off.

However, one positive is that this was England’s first international win since they beat Peru on May 30.

Are we now expecting to see a changed England, one that is finally capable of winning big games again?

Perhaps, as some one or two players did provoke a glimmer of hope with their performances.

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Positive Sterling

Raheem Sterling, Liverpool’s 19-year-old winger, appears to embody what English football used to be about. He was fast, agile, smart, creative and never stopped, on and off the ball.

He is exactly the type of player we want in our squad and he is exactly the kind of player who may just make something out of England.

Although the only goal of the night came from the penalty spot as new captain Wayne Rooney smashed it home, it was a hard-earned victory for the England team, one that we hope will given them some confidence as they travel to face Switzerland for their first Euro 206 qualifier on Monday.

Switzerland currently stand 11 places above England in the FIFA rankings, but one should not presume that the Three Lions will be the underdogs.

Will England take their A game to Switzerland?

They may do, but if last night was anything to go on, we have a long way to go before England's A game strikes fear into the truly great football nations once again.

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