Roy Hodgson’s first England squad since the World Cup is awash with rookies, rubes and greenhorns of the country versus country game, particularly in defence.
It has to be assumed he hopes to give them all air time against the Norsemen and this should spell goals for the visitors.
Arsenal’s Calum Chambers and Tottenham’s Danny Rose both heed Her Majesty’s call for the first time, while John Stones is in line for just a third cap.
Meanwhile in less exotic parts of the Three Lions middle band, Newcastle’s sometime left-back, central-midfielder and winger Jack Colback gets the nod, as does Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph.
With an average age of 22.2 years old, the quintet will bring a lack of international savvy to a squad in transition that has long had a habit of rewarding opposition-goal
backers in international friendlies.
England have kept just one clean sheet in their last nine non-competitive games prior to the pre-World Cup ego massage against Peru.
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For those who have more belief in the fledgling rearguarders the England boss has declared himself intent on blooding, a clean sheet in north London is a 6/5 shot.
Whatever happens it will be Wayne Rooney’s first match as the official captain of his nation after Hodgson anointed the Manchester United man successor to Steven Gerrard in the role.
The Three Lions are 11/20 to get back to winning ways after a miserable stint at the World Cup in Brazil in which they managed just two goals in three games.
Meanwhile the Norwegians, who won just twice in 12 outings last term, are 5/1 outsiders, while the draw is rated a 29/10 chance.