England may be coming into the friendly with Norway demoralised and downbeat, but that’s nothing new when it comes to their first match back after a World Cup or European Championship exit.
Unfortunately for the Scandinavians, the nation that so unselfishly gave the sport to the world have a habit of bouncing back from tournament disappointments with an unsustainable vigour.
Roy Hodgson’s charges are 9/20 for victory, while the draw is priced up at 16/5 and the visitors are a longboat-long 6/1 to make off with the spoils.
In their first friendly after Euro 2012, England took down the Italy side that had KO’d them from the competition courtesy of Andrea Pirlo’s ‘Panenka’ penalty earlier that summer by a score of 2-1.
Meanwhile, much like this summer’s efforts in Brazil, South Africa 2010 was a particularly depressing campaign.
Just like in the autumn that followed that endeavour, when the FA Cup booked once-great patsies Hungary for a confidence-boosting success, edible opposition are on the menu.
Thanks to the Three Lions’ qualifying capitulation against Croatia there was no post-tournament despair to recover from in 2008.
However, England put the memories of a second successive tournament shootout loss to Portugal at the 2006 World Cup out of their minds by smashing reigning European Champions Greece 4-0 at Wembley in their very next outing.
Their previous, comically inept shootout demise at Portuguese hands, preceded a 3-0 victory over Ukraine.
Not since 2002 and yet another Wembley clash with Portugal, in which the Seleccao substituted their entire starting XI during the contest, have the Three Lions failed to record a heartening victory in their first match of the campaign following an international showpiece.
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