Sunday 27 May 2012

Young secures England win in Oslo

Manchester United winger's early goal secures victorious start for new coach Roy Hodgson

Ashley Young beat Brede Hangeland and finished smartly for the only goal

Norway 0-1 England

Manchester United's Ashley Young scored a fine goal as new England coach Roy Hodgson enjoyed a winning start to his tenure in Norway.

The winger raced past Fulham defender Brede Hangeland and finished smartly into the corner in the early stages to ensure victory in the friendly international in Oslo.

It was a relatively comfortable night for the visitors as they faced a Norway side which rarely threatened despite enjoying some lengthy spells of possession.

Everton's Leighton Baines went close with a free-kick which forced a good save out of Norway keeper Rune Jartsein after the interval.

Manchester United's Phil Jones struck the post, although Liverpool's Andy Carroll was in an offside position and the effort was unlikely to have stood.

Fulham's John Arne Riise provided the most uncomfortable moments for England with some searching crosses but Hodgson's side held out for their first win over Norway since 1980.

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Key Points

  • Ashley Young scores excellent early goal to win match for England
  • Winning start for new England coach Roy Hodgson
  • England's first victory over Norway for 32 years