Norway announce final squad for Euro 2017

Martin Sjögren, still somewhat new to the role, has named his fifth Norway squad to date, and just like his previous four - there have been a few tweaks here and there.

Ins and outs

Whilst most of the 23 named for the Euros were expected, captain Maren Mjelde and Ada and Andrine Hegerberg for example, there are a few surprise inclusions.

In goal, Klepp number one, Oda Bogstad gets the nod for third choice where Sjögren has trailed Trondheims-Ørn’s Kristine Nøstmo (not only does Nøstmo miss out, but there are in fact no TØ players present in the 23), as well as Josefine Ervik though a serious lack of playing time at Vålerenga may be why the 22-year-old misses out.

Further down the line, uncapped Kristine Bjørdal Leine gets the go-ahead and is one of three more inexperienced defenders called up along with Tuva Hansen and Stabæks Stine Reinås.

For anyone paying attention to Norway this year, they wouldn’t be surprised to see leading all-time Toppserien goalscorer, Elise Thorsnes listed as defender, with Sjögren having utilised her as a left-back in each of his previous four squads.

In a comparatively thin midfield – the area, arguably, Norway’s Achilles – Sjögren has another surprise in store with a call-up for teenager Frida Maanum, the young midfielder unquestionably having a good year with third-placed Stabæk.

Otherwise it’s business as usual in midfield with Andrine Hegerberg, Ingvild Isaksen, Ingrid Marie Spord and Ingrid Schjelderup making up the bulk of Norway’s spine with Anja Sønstevold listed as both a defender and midfielder.

With attack possibly Norway’s strongest area, Sjögren has had a world of choice in who to take to Holland, unsurprisingly UEFA player of the year, Ada Hegerberg makes the grade and regulars in the side, Caroline Graham Hansen and Kristine Minde get the nod.

Leading the Toppserien goal-scoring with 11 in as many games is relatively inexperienced 22-year-old Guro Reiten, the talismanic LSK woman gets the nod with Lisa-Marie Utland (the woman who scored Norway’s first goal under their new coach) rounding out the 23.  

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Oda Marie Hove Bogstad (Klepp), Cecilie Hauståker Fiskerstrand (LSK), Ingrid Hjelmseth (Stabæk).  

Defenders: Nora Holstad Berge (Unattached), Kristine Bjørdal Leine (Røa), Tuva Hansen (Klepp), Maren Mjelde (Chelsea), Ingrid Moe Wold (LSK), Stine Pettersen Reinås (Stabæk), Maria Thorisdottir (Klepp), Elise Thorsnes (Avaldsnes).

Midfielders: Frida Maanum (Stabæk), Andrine Hegerberg (Birmingham City), Ingvild Isaksen (Stabæk), Ingrid Schjelderup (Eskilstuna United), Ingrid Marie Spord (LSK), Anja Sønstevold (LKS).

Attackers: Caroline Graham Hansen (VfL Wolfsburg), Emilie Bosshard Haavi (Boston Breakers), Ada Hegerberg (Olympique Lyonnais), Kristine Minde (Linköping), Guro Reiten (LSK), Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland (Røa).