England v Norway: international women’s football friendly – live

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Kick off!

Here we go. England are in their opinion-dividing pink-orange kit, with Norway in white shirts and navy shorts.

Before we begin, both captains pose for a photo with the referee, Zuzana Valentova. The Slovakian official is retiring after 20 years in the game, and is presented with flowers and a personalised England shirt before kick-off.

Both teams are out for the anthems, in front of a boisterous crowd – plenty of England flags and Viking helmets on show. Kick-off is imminent.

The Norway coach, Hege Riise, gives her pre-game thoughts: “It’s fun for us, we need to play the best teams – it’s a good challenge for us. I’m happy, it’s been nice to see people [from her England days]. They have quality players, a good culture, supporting each other on the field.”

Frida Maanum and Julie Blakstad are on the bench tonight, while Ada Hegerberg, Maren Mjelde and Caroline Graham Hansen are absent….

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This article was written by Niall McVeigh and originally published on www.theguardian.com