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Last Updated: Friday, 8 October, 2004, 16:09 GMT 17:09 UK
Norway squad profile
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Age Hareide: The 55-year-old was appointed national coach in November after leading Rosenborg to the league title. He previously managed Molde, for whom he played during a career that included spells at Manchester City and Norwich City.

GOALKEEPERS

Espen Johnsen: The 24-year-old plays for Rosenborg, taking over from Arni Arason after a contract dispute between the club and the Iceland international, and is said to be interesting Arsenal.

Thomas Myhre: The much-capped 30-year-old is back with Sunderland after a career that has also seen him play for Everton, Besiktas, Birmingham City, Tranmere Rovers, Crystal Palace and Rangers on loan.

DEFENDERS

Andre Bergdolmo: Joined Borussia Dortmund from Ajax last year after a distinguished spell with Rosenborg. The strong-tackling 32-year-old, who can be dangerous going forward, also had a spell with Portsmouth.

Erik Hagen: So far uncapped, the 29-year-old has been included after an excellent season with Valerenga. His nickname of "Panzer" suggests he will add some steel to the Norway defence if chosen.

John Inge Hoiland: The 27-year-old, who joined Malmo from IFK Gothenburg last April, can play anywhere on the right.

Claus Lundekvam: The 30-year-old has been excellent for Southampton since joining from Brann Bergen in 1998.

Vidar Riseth: Well-known to Celtic for his 18-month spell in Glasgow in 2000-2001, he is now in his second spell with Rosenborg. Began his career as a striker but is now well-established as an international defender.

Ragnvald Soma: The 24-year-old has made his only appearance as a substitute against Belgium in August. He returned to Brann Bergen in 2002 after failing to become a regular with West Ham United.

MIDFIELDERS

Riise is an important player for Norway
Riise is an important player for Norway
John Arne Riise: The Liverpool 24-year-old can play in midfield or left wing-back. Formerly with Monaco, he is an automatic pick for the Norway side.

Martin Andresen: The 26-year-old has retained his place since being recalled for last August's friendly against Scotland. He is presently with Stabaek but had brief spells with Wimbledon and Blackburn Rovers.

Ardrian Gashi: The Valerenga 23-year-old has been recalled to the squad, having made his debut in January.

Magne Hoseth: The 23-year-old was signed by FC Copenhagen on the strength of his international displays in January.

Steffen Iversen: Recognised more as a striker while with Tottenham Hotspur, the 27-year-old has usually been used in midfield or on the wing for Norway. He failed to make a great impression while at White Hart Lane, was loaned to Wolverhampton Wanderers but is now back with Valerenga.

Tommy Svindal Larsen: Recalled to possibly fill a midfield anchor role that has been a problem in recent games. The Nurnberg 31-year-old was dropped after a defeat by the Republic of Ireland last April.

Petter Rudi: The 31-year-old is hoping to resurrect his international career now that he is back with Molde following spells in the Netherlands and Belgium, where he rarely played for Germinal Beerschot Antwerp.

Jan Gunnar Solli: The 23-year-old joined Rosenborg from Odd Grenland but has had trials with Aston Villa, Anderlecht and AC Milan.

Roar Strand: Known to British audiences for his recent Champions League equaliser for Rosenborg against Arsenal, the 34-year-old know as "Bom-Bom" because of his powerful free-kicks has been recalled to the international side.

STRIKERS

John Carew: The 25-year-old is a regular starter for his country but has failed to live up to great expectations. Currently playing with Turkish side Besiktas after spells with Valencia and Roma.

Frode Johnsen: Another of Norway's Rosenborg contingent, Johnsen was signed as a replacement for Carew. He was top scorer in the league in 2001.

Morten Gamst Pedersen: The 23-year-old signed for Blackburn Rovers for 2.5m in the summer but has so far failed to make a great impact in the English Premiership.

Sigurd Rushfeldt: The Austria Vienna striker has been alternating with Carew as Norway's lone striker this season but is likely to start on the bench at Hampden.

Jan Derek Sorensen: Still searching for his first international goal after 17 caps, the 32-year-old Lyn Oslo striker can play as an auxiliary fullback or midfielder.


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