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International friendly: England v Norway preview

New Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck is a doubt for England's friendly against Norway on Wednesday, while Newcastle's Jack Colback will miss the game.

Forward Welbeck picked up a knock in training and is unlikely to be risked, while midfielder Colback is unavailable because of a minor injury suffered in United's match against Crystal Palace.

England boss Roy Hodgson has included three other uncapped newcomers alongside Colback in the squad, and he will cast one final eye over before their first Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland on Monday.

Calum Chambers, Fabian Delph and Danny Rose have made the cut following the retirements of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, but they are not expected to start against the Norwegians.

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill and Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain took part in a recovery session on Monday after sustaining minor injuries while playing for their clubs at the weekend, but should be fit for Wednesday.

Norway are 53rd in the FIFA world rankings, 33 spots below England in 20th,  and last reached the European Championship finals in 2000.


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  • International friendly: England v Norway preview


  • New Arsenal signing Danny Welbeck is a doubt for England's friendly against Norway on Wednesday, while Newcastle's Jack Colback will miss the game.

  • England captain Wayne Rooney 'looks chubby', says Norway's Vegard Forren


  • Norway defender Vegard Forren has criticised England captain Wayne Rooney over his appearance - saying the Manchester United skipper “looks a bit chubby”.

  • World Cup: England's misery drives new captain Wayne Rooney ahead of Norway friendly


  • New captain Wayne Rooney is upbeat about England's direction and is desperate to start banishing the memories of the World Cup with a good performance in Wednesday's friendly with Norway.

  • Premier League: Wayne Rooney hails Radamel Falcao's Manchester United arrival


  • Wayne Rooney has welcomed the arrival of prolific Colombian striker Radamel Falcao to Manchester United, branding the signing as a statement of intent by his club.

  • Aston Villa's Fabian Delph relishing England chance after working hard for call-up


  • Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph believes his England call-up is a reward for the hard work he has done on his fitness.

  • Transfer news: Raheem Sterling is confident there are


  • Despite a disappointing World Cup, Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling is confident that the future is bright for England.

  • England boss Roy Hodgson expects Norway test at Wembley on Wednesday


  • Roy Hodgson expects Norway to be "hard to beat" when they play England at Wembley on Wednesday night.

  • Roy Hodgson wants Jack Wilshere to play big role within England set-up


  • England boss Roy Hodgson is looking to Jack Wilshere to step up and stake a claim to being a regular in his Three Lions team as they start their European Championship campaign.

  • Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hits back at Roy Hodgson over Luke Shaw


  • Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has hit back at England manager Roy Hodgson and made a staunch defence of Luke Shaw, who he describes as being an "example" in the changing room.

  • England: Calum Chambers can be big success for Three Lions, says Arsene Wenger


  • Arsene Wenger feels Calum Chambers has the character to be able to cope with an England call-up so early in his career.

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