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Haaland and Ødegaard both start the international matches against Kosovo and Denmark

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Ståle Solbakken met the press on Saturday. Photo: Beate Oma Dahle / NTB

Of NTB | 01.06.2024 17:13:08

Sport: This was confirmed by Ståle Solbakken on Saturday.

– They start both games. We will try to take a step or two more in this collection, and then they are important pieces, he said at his press conference.

Both Haaland and Ødegaard have had busy seasons with Manchester City and Arsenal respectively. The former played in the FA Cup final as recently as last weekend.

Several of the national team profiles, including Julian Ryerson, have continued to join the squad.

– Not everyone has arrived, but during the course of tomorrow everyone will be here. A couple will arrive by plane this evening, Solbakken said.

Erik Botheim was called in as a substitute when Villarreal striker Alexander Sørloth had to miss due to an injury. National team manager Solbakken said on Saturday that he has not had time to get to know the Malmö striker, but still offered a joking comment.

You have previously talked about how there is very good harmony in the squad…

That’s why we bring him in, to get a little less harmony. He can create a bit of a furore, grinned Solbakken.

The Norwegian men’s national team will host Kosovo for an international match at Ullevaal Stadium on June 5, before Denmark await in Brøndby three days later.

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