Last Updated: 26/05/12 10:47pm
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Norway 0 England 1. Roy Hodgson's reign starts with a win. An early effort from Young proves to be enough for the Three Lions. Plenty of room for improvement, but a win is a win.
Final moments see England on the ball, but doing little with it. Carroll shows a good touch. Johnson tries his luck from 25 yards, but fires straight at Jartsein.
Kelly nods out of play. Norway decide against a long throw. Jenssen hangs the ball into the box, but Green is able to come and claim unchallenged.
Kelly able to see a long ball out of play. England fans doing their best to make their mark. Shame the players haven't offered much in the second 45.
All about closing this out now and picking up the win. Not the best of performances, but far from England's strongest side and areas to work on.
England trying to end on a positive note, but Lescott slips as he tries to send the ball forward. Sums up the performance in the second half.
Green punches Riise's delivery away from goal. He made decent contact. Long throw this time from Risse. Hangeland gets a touch, but loops the ball towards Green.
Lescott clears, but only as far as Grindheim. England with plenty of bodies behind the ball. Norway unable to make room for a shot. Elyounoussi with an ambitious effort that cannons behind off Lescott.
Jones hacks over a cross left-footed. It is never beating Hangeland and he nods clear with ease. Surprised that Hodgson has experimented with two strikers at some point. What has he got to lose?
Poor effort from Walcott at the end of a much better period of play from the visitors trickles into the arms of Jartsein. England at least seeing more of the ball now.
Better work defensively from Downing as he tracks back with Huseklepp and wins a goal kick. Good hold up play from Carroll has England moving forward.
Walcott collects on the edge of his own box. England can't get out. Oxlade-Chamberlain tries to take them back up to halfway, but is soon outnumbered.
Milner with a cross from the right that Carroll can challenge for. It has too much air on it, though, and Jartsein is able to pluck the ball out of the air.
Riise's corner finds a way through to Henriksen at the far post. He sends it back to Riise, who then sees his second cros cleared. England far from convincing.
Oxlade-Chamberlain gives the ball away and concedes a free-kick trying to win it back. Desperate to make an impression. Baines stands off Huseklepp and he finds Ruud. Downing let him go and Milner blocks the ball behind for a corner.
Another long throw from Riise arrives in the England penalty area. Confident claim from Green as he comes through a crowd of players to gather.
Great first touch from Oxlade-Chamberlain. He cushions the ball into Walcott, who looks to give him it back. Not the best return pass and Oxlade-Chamberlain concedes a free-kick diving into a challenge.
Debut for Oxlade-Chamberlain as he comes on in place of Young. Henderson on for Barry, who only came on at half-time.
Downing goes down the line onto his right foot. He had an earlier opportunity to cross with his left. Wrong choice. He does win a corner. He takes himself, but Jartsein punches to safety.
A very right-footed Ruud with a swinger on the edge of the box. An odd effort deflects behind for a corner. Riise's delivery is not the best and is cleared by Barry. Long throw from Riise headed clear by Carroll.
The game has gone a bit flat. Norway doing their best to inject some life into it. Riise pressed well forward as England can't peg him back.
England still struggling to get the ball away from the danger zone. Messy defending ends up with the ball dropping to the boot of Grindheim. A rush of blood sees him hammer high into the crowd.
Walcott and Downing have switched flanks. England can make another three changes. Would like to see Oxlade-Chamberlain and Defoe at some stage.
England rattled and Abdellaoue goes down inside the box. Baines seemed to trip him. Penalty appeals waved away. Norway do win a corner, but can only pick out Green with the delivery.
Unfortunate again for the hosts as a shot from Grindheim hits Tettey. Chance for England to calm things down, but Barry gives the ball straight to Elyounoussi.
Norway in complete control of possession. England hardly busting a gut to get the ball back. They have dropped very deep. Hodgson needs to have a word.
Ruud with a promising cross, but it hits the heels of Abdellaoue. England can't get anything going. They need to start stringing a few passes together. All a bit rushed.
Green caught underneath a high delivery from the set-piece. Carroll got in his way and he got nowhere near the ball. Fortunately there is no red shirt waiting behind him.
Riise with space and he drifts past Walcott far too easily. He goes for goal from a tight angle and Green has to bundle the ball behind.
Jones gives the ball to Abdellaoue, wins it back, then gives it away again. Mixed bag from the Manchester United defender tonight. England once again pegged back.
Good climb from Lescott as he meets a Pedersen cross. England break at pace with Walcott. He has no support and is forced wide. The cross he finally gets in is charged down by Riise.
England trying to play their way out from the back. Parker on the bench with an ice pack on his troublesome Achilles. Hopefully he ha't done himself any damage tonight.
Downing can't find a way past Ruud. He wants a free-kick, but gets nothing. Braaten is then able to cut across the edge for the box, driting inside from the right. His speculative shot is blocked by Lescott.
No change, Walcott has gone down the right and Milner has moved inside. Long throw from Riise has England troubled for a moment. Hangleland causes problems and Carroll is forced to hack the ball anywhere.
Ruud into space behind Downing. Baines gets across quickly and puts in a strong challenge. Corner to Norway. Pedersen goes long, where Carroll nods clear.
Luck is on Jones' side as he waits for a cross to reach him, rather than going to meet it. The ball bounces over the head of Tettey, allowing Jones to run it away.
Riise with a poor delivery from the left. England still to string more than a couple of passes together since the interval. Hosts looking livelier.
Riise skips past two challenges. He then goes for goal, drilling low at Green. He makes sure he gets his body behind the ball and watches it into his arms. No repeat of the USA fiasco from 2010.
Nice touch from Elyounoussi into Henriksen. He goes down, but gets nothing. Norway work the ball to Pedersen, who needs no second invitation from 25 yards. He fizzes a shot inches past the post.
Henriksen fells Baines as he races back towards his own goal. Had no need to touch the England full-back. Green takes his time setting up the free-kick. Whistles from the home support.
Jones allowed to carry the ball a long way. He decides to try his luck and sees a deflected effort cannon behind off the outside of the post. No corner as the flag goes up against Carroll. Odd decision.
Baines gets the nod. He goes low across the face of the wall. Jartsein does well to get down to his left and palm the ball away. He springs back to his feet to claim at the second attempt.
Another positive, direct run from Young right at the heart of the Norway back four. He is tripped right on the edge of the box by Demidov. Plenty of willing takers.
Great tackle from Carroll as he tracks back with Demidov. Barry's first touch is heavy. England need to make sure they get back into their stride after losing their way towards the end of the first half.
Remember you can also bet in-play throughout the game at skybet.com. England are now 2/7 to pick up a win, with Norway 10/1 and the draw 7/2. You can get 6/1 on Carroll to get the next goal.
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Norway 0 England 1. Roy Hodgson holds a slender lead at the interval of his first game in charge. Young got the Three Lions off to the best possible start. England have been good, but still have more to offer.
Carroll penalised for holding his man. He ha't seen too much of the ball and is desperate to get involved. He needs to realise that he has a job to do down the middle.
Jagielka closed down by Abdellaoue. He wants too long on the ball. A bright start by England has faded the closer we have got to half-time.
Pedersen's delivery is nodded clear by the first man - Gerrard. England again can't get out of their own half. Braaten lets them off the hook as he sends a pass intended for Ruud out of play.
Jeers for Gerrard. They turn to cheers as he gives the ball away in midfield. Ruud breaks down the right and forces Lescott into conceding a corner. England shooting themselves in the foot on a regular basis.
England unable to get a foot on the ball and it keeps coming back at them. Norway's turn to press. They can't pick the England lock and the ball ends up back in the hands of Green.
Jagielka with another poor pass that causes problems. He collects the ball from Green, turns and looks to give it back to his keeper. His pass is not the best and Tettey almost cashes in. Concentration proving to be a problem at the moment.
Neville and Hodgson discussing tactics on the bench. They won't be impressed by a sloppy pass from Jones that puts England in trouble. A few too many stray passes creeping into England's game.
Gerrard pulled up for a crunching challenge on Hogli. He got the ball but went in hard. He disagrees with the call, but Hogli has stayed down. Difficult call as Gerrard took no prisoners, but he got the ball.
Brilliant whipped delivery from Pedersen. Carroll does really well to hook the ball clear after seeing it dip towards him over a collection of bodies. Norway try again and Abdellaoue sends a low drive through the legs of Lescott and narrowly past the post.
Gerrard takes the ball off Pedersen's toes, but Milner then gives it away. Riise clips a delivery towards the back post. Lescott climbs highest to clear. Sloppy from England as they concede a corner.
Young gets his head up early and sees Milner breaking from halfway into open field. He collects and moves into the box. He can't see a pass to Carroll so drills low at goal. Jartsein produces a comfortable save.
Jones well forward again, this time linking up with Young. The final ball into him i't the best and he can't break into the penalty area. Norway take the opportunity to press. Two long range effort sfrom Henriksen and Tettey are blocked by Parker and Lescott.
More patient build-up from England. This time they work the ball right to Jones, who finds himself well forward. He crosses first time, but straight into the arms of Jartsein.
Important touch from Parker as Norway hack the ball forward. As the last man he has to get something on the ball and he does enough to take it away from Braaten.
Patience pays off for England as they win a corner. Proof that you don't always have to get the ball forwarded quickly. Gerrard's delivery is headed clear by Hangeland.
Norway allowing England to move forward to easily. They need to close down quicker on halfway. The visitors are happy to knock the ball from side to side, waiting for space to open up.
Hodgson's men looking good at the moment. Also nice to see the manager letting them get on with things in the first half. Capello was always barking out instructions and waving his arms frantically.
Hangeland with a towering header clear. Good battle between him and Carroll. The Liverpool striker is then freed into space, but he can't square the ball for Young. England pushing for a second.
Gerrard tripped by Pedersen, who slides in with a full-blooded challenge. Jones can't combine with Milner down the right. England soon back on the ball, with Downing whipping over a dangerous cross that Jartsein flaps to safety.
Carroll caught offside. Plenty of movement in the Norway side, but England look solid at the back and are leaving no holes to exploit.
Demidov allowed to carry the ball a long way as he strides out from the back. He looks to slide a pass into Henriksen, but gets rather carried away at being so far forward and gets the final ball wrong.
Misunderstanding as Young looks for a ball over the top, but then drops deep. Gerrard saw him make the first move and goes long. Jartsein gathers with ease.
Gerrard goes low this time towards Milner, who is moving down the right flank. Too many bodies in the way. Norway look to break. Brave block from Parker to deny Abdellaoue, who was winding up from 25 yards out.
Gerrard is picking his moments to go forward. He i't looking to be everywhere at once. At the other end of the field, Jagielka does really well to get a toe to a low Riise cross along the six-yard line. Elyounoussi threw himself at the ball but couldn't make contact.
Nice exchange between Gerrard, Carroll and Young. The final ball is just behind Gerrard and he can't gather it into his stride. Promising again.
Henriksen hooks the ball over the top of Baines. Tettey iffing around and chases after the loose ball as he trickles into the box. Green off his line quickly to gather.
Pedersen with a floated cross into the heart of the England box. Braaten arrives on cue and towers above the visiting defence. The delivery is slightly too high and he can only divert his header over the crossbar.
Young playing right alongside Carroll at the moment. Nice to see England pushing men on and committing bodies forward. They need to keep the Norway back four occupied.
Parker races all the way back to divert a Riise cross behind for a corner. Disciplined showing from the Spurs man. Elyounoussi's set-piece delivery is nodded clear at the near post.
Clever looping pass from Gerrard is perfectly weighted for Young. He catches the ball on the volley from the edge of the box, but gets underneath it and sends his effort sailing high into the stands.
Positive burst from Milner, but England's attack breaks down in the final third. Dodgy back-pass from Demidov has Jartsein in trouble for a minute, but he is able to hack clear.
England looking comfortable on the ball. An early goal will have settled them down. Plenty of players out there looking to prove a point tonight.
Green forced to parry a stinging effort from distance around the post. He then gambles at the corner by drifting off his line and is fortunate to see Pedersen's delivery hit the outside of the post. Green almost caught out.
Carroll drifts out to the left. He twists and turns past Hogli and gets to the dead-ball line. He is able to dig out a cross, but can't find a team-mate. More to his game than winning flick-ons.
Best possible start for Hodgson. Young has been in fine goalscoring form for England of late and he took his chance brilliantly.
GOAL ENGLAND - YOUNG. England counter at pace after a Norway attack breaks down. Young leads the charge. A direct run takes him past Hangeland and he slides the ball calmly across Jartsein and into the bottom corner. What a start!
Parker with another misplaced pass. He ha't had the best of starts. His latest effort is overhit badly and runs through to Jartsein. Parker has been carrying a knock and is another who needs to get game time under his belt.
Riise well forward down the left wing. Jones needs to keep an eye on him. On this occasion, Hogli cross-field pass has too much on it.
Milner runs the ball out of play. He ha't played a lot of club football recently and might be a bit rusty. Useful squad member and will grow into the game.
Great chance for England inside five minutes. Downing fires over a flat cross from the left and his Liverpool team-mate Carroll sends a diving header narrowly past the post. Will feel that he should have hit the target, but positive signs from the visitors.
Green will be pleased to get a touch. Almost two years in the international wilderness for him. Long ball towards Carroll, but he has three red shirts around him.
First spell of possession for England. Some nice touches. Parker lofts the ball over the top of Young, but he can't spin and get after it. Throw to the hosts. Need to see England playing with confidence.
He goes short. Norway trying to feel their way into the game. Carroll needs players to get up alongside him and help to close the ball down inside the Norway half.
Ball spending a lot of time in the air early on. Both sides unable to get a foot on it. Downing then fells Elyounoussi, chance for Pedersen to deliver.
Pre-match pleasantries out of the way and we are, slightly delayed, ready to get this game up and running. Let the Roy Hodgson era begin.
The players are in the tunnel and we are almost ready for the off in Oslo. We will have to leave the feedback there for now. There will be further opportunities to have your say at half-time and at the final whistle.
Oli Starr sends us towards kick-off in a positive frame of mind. He says: 'I think an England win 3-1 with a Gerrard brace and one from Young! Hope Oxlade Chamberlain comes on too!'
David Newman thinks Hodgson missed a trick in his squad selection. He says: 'I fail to understand why Aaron Lennon was not picked for the squad. He came back well at the end of the season, has the speed which is often lacking and has finally learnt to get some of those final crosses in. He would have done better than the others on show tonight.'
Stu, tuning in from Spain, has mixed feelings. He says: 'I think a confident win here, as Norway are not really ones to put up much of a fight these days, but this will then send an over confident boost to the English team and the bookies for Euro 2012, we can't be expected to pass the group stage when we face the likes of France, alot to prove, and Sweden, who we seem to like to draw with, and the Russians are a dark horse if there confidence builds, in their first 2 games, I think we need to enjoy the probable win tonight and prepare ourselves for a poor Euro 2012... a realistic point of view from an England fan.'
Barry Brown wants Hodgson to be given time. He says: 'End of the day, no-one can say Roy is wrong for the job, he's not had a game in charge yet. It's a friendly, he's trying new players, so let the result do the talking.'
Anthony Loftus is getting behind the boys tonight. He says: 'I'm definitely sure we will get a good game, everyone wants England to win. Roy Hodgson can do a great job, come on England!'
Dexter is a fan of Hodgson, but is not too sure about his selection. He says: 'Was pleased with the Hodgson appointment, however he seems very biased to Liverpool players that underperformed all season.'
Olly Mcgarrity is prepared to give Hodgson every chance to prove he is the right man for the job. He says: 'The armchair fans are out in force. Get behind Roy and the team. Stability and shape is what this team is all about! Going 1-1.'
Adam Hartley is another in a positive frame of mind prior to kick-off. He says: 'England to be winning at half time and full time and to keep a well deserving clean sheet, a 2nd half goal from Carroll to put the game to bed.'
Kev Bamforth is looking to get behind the new regime. He says: 'Why are we always faced with all this negativity?? 1st game, give Roy a chance. Let's get behind England. With some decent subs on the bench, I'll go for England to win 3-1.'
A little over 20 minutes until kick-off, keep your thoughts coming in to Chris.Burton@bskyb.com and @SkySportsChrisB.
Ben Gleeson is not convinced by the starting XI, but is still backing England to pick up a win. He says: 'It's interesting to see Hodgson try a 4-3-3 set up, but it may not work as the deliveries of both Young and Downing from wide positions have been rather miserable this season. I'm a massive fan of Parker and Milner, but neither offer very little going forward and Gerrard has had a rather average season, so I can see much of the creativity coming from the full backs getting forward. 2-0 England.'
David Selby is also far from optimistic. He says: 'What a depressing lineup - completely geared to long ball targetman football - which has failed us for decades now.'
David Keeling has doubts about the new England manager. He says: 'I hope I'm wrong but I think Hodgson's not the right man for the job and will prove that tonight with his team selection.'
England team: Green, Jones, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Downing, Young, Carroll. Subs: Hart, Kelly, Henderson, Barry, Oxlade-Chamberlain. Walcott, Defoe, Johnson.
Norway team: Jartsein, Hogli, Demidov, Hangeland, Riise, Henriksen, Abdellaoue, Elyounoussi, Pedersen, Tettey, Braaten. Subs: Madsen, Pettersen, Ruud, Grindheim, Huseklepp, Jenssen, Berisha.
Dan Sanders is feeling upbeat. He says: 'Think Hodgson could go all the way in the Euros because of the positive way he's started his positive relationship with the players, especially Steven Gerrard.'
Samuel Margo is also going for an England win. He says: 'I reckon England 2-1 - Parr to score for Norway and Young to score both for England.'
Dan Eales is backing England to put in a promising display. He says: 'Reckon a 3-0 win and a good game. The team can do it. Good to see some of the overlooked players getting a chance.'
Joe is first to offer an opinion on what is to come. He says: 'Looking for a positive performance but don't think Roy will do so well and don't think any top class manager will because if you're not winning things like Euros and World Cups then you're not the right man for the team - like what happened with Capello.'
England team sheet is in and reads as follows: Green, Jones, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Milner, Parker, Gerrard, Downing, Young, Carroll. Will confirm both teams, subs etc once we hear from the hosts.
You can also bet in-play throughout the game at skybet.com. England start as favourites at 11/10, with Norway 13/5 and the draw 23/10. You can get 11/2 on Andy Carroll to open the scoring.
Can England get off to a winning start under their new coach or will the hosts spoil Hodgson's big day? Who will be the men to keep an eye on and who needs to put in a good performance? Let me know your thoughts.
Feel free to offer your opinion on tonight's game, Hodgson, the Euros and all things England by contacting me direct at Chris.Burton@bskyb.com and @SkySportsChrisB.
They only narrowly missed out on a place in the Euro 2012 play-offs after finishing level on points with Portugal in qualification Group H and ended the campaign unbeaten on home soil.
He has made it clear that he will not be reading too much into the result of this contest, but he will be looking for those offered an opportunity to stake a claim for a starting berth this summer to catch the eye.
Roy Hodgson takes charge of the Three Lions for the first time and will be looking for a positive performance ahead of Euro 2012.