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Knudsen set for debut at Hampden

Steffan Iversen scores from the penalty spot
Iversen netted both goals in the recent draw with Iceland

Norway manager Age Hareide has called up Brann midfielder Erik Huseklepp for the first time as he prepares for the World Cup qualifying tie with Scotland.

Valerenga defender Kjetil Waehler is in the squad as a replacement for the injured Tore Reginiussen.

And Stabaek goalkeeper Jon Knudsen, 33, is expected to make his international debut at Hampden on 11 October.

Regular first choice keeper Rune Almenning Jarstein is struggling for form and fitness but is included.

English-based stars John Carew and Morten Gamst Pedersen will be well known to Scotland fans as will former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise, now at Roma, and ex-Tottenham forward Steffen Iversen.

However, there is no place for Lillestrom's former Celtic defender Vidar Riseth.

Norway, who drew the opening match of the Group 9 campaign at home to Iceland, were 1-0 winners on their last visit to Hampden four years ago.

In a qualifier for World Cup 2006, Iversen netted a penalty following James McFadden's 53rd-minute dismissal for deliberate handball.

Scotland revenged that defeat thanks to a Kenny Miller double in Olso in September 2005 but finished a distant third behind Italy and Norway, who went on to lose a play-off with the Czech Republic.

"I love arenas like Hampden, I did as a player and do as a coach," said Hareide.

"The Scottish fans never give up and also applaud the opponents if they plays well. For a player who copes with the atmosphere, this is the perfect place to play.

"This is a very important game for us. We lost two points against Iceland, and have to win points now.

"We won there four years ago and aim to repeat that."

Scotland manager George Burley names his squad on Thursday.


Norway squad: Goalkeepers: Rune Almenning Jarstein (Rosenborg), Espen Johnsen (Stromsgodset), Jon Knudsen (Stabaek). Defenders: Brede Hangeland (Fulham), John Arne Riise (Roma), Tom Hoegli (Tromso), Atle Roar Haaland (Odense), Kjetil Waehler (Valerenga), Morten Morisbak Skjonsberg (Stabaek). Midfielders: Martin Andresen (Valerenga), Christian Grindheim (Heerenveen), Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn), Bjorn Helge Riise (Lillestrom), Per Siljan Skjelbred (Rosenborg), Jan Gunnar Solli (Brann), Fredrik Stromstad (Le Mans), Fredrik Winsnes (Stromsgodset). Forwards: John Carew (Aston Villa), Thorstein Helstad (Le Mans), Mohammed Abdellaoue (Valerenga), Erik Huseklepp (Brann), Steffen Iversen (Rosenborg), Daniel Braathen (Toulouse).




see also
Weir's way for Scotland
30 Sep 08 |  Internationals


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