Sublime England seal record win over Norway to qualify for Euro 2022 knockout stage
England make history, breaking men's and women's European Championship goalscoring record
Well-fancied Norway swept aside by eight goals, including a hattrick from Beth Mead and brace for Ellen White
The win seals England's qualification to tournament knockout rounds - and sends Northern Ireland out
This was a night beyond England's wildest dream. An electric performance roared the hosts' Women's Euros campaign into life as they tore Norway apart to qualify for the quarter-finals with the biggest margin of victory in the competition's history on a simply unforgettable night.
The rampant Lionesses struck six goals in a first half that defied belief and Beth Mead went on to complete a memorable hat-trick in the second half, as 28,847 fans inside this packed ground were treated to the tournament's standout performance so far.
Ellen White also scored twice to move onto 52 goals for her country, just one behind Wayne Rooney's all-time England record for men or women, while Georgia Stanway, Lauren Hemp and substitute Alessia Russo also joined in on the act for Sarina Wiegman's side. The result surpassed the 6-0 victory England earned over Scotland in 2017 as the record winning margin in a Women's Euros game.
Truly, it wasn't supposed to be like this. Norway are ranked 11th in the world, the seventh-highest of the European nations, and have been many pundits' 'dark horses' to go deep into this tournament. This was a Norway side who raced to a 4-1 win over Northern Ireland on Thursday, one that had won six games in a row, and one that had beaten England 2-1 in their most recent meeting in a friendly in September 2019.
England have been in free-scoring form ever since Wiegman took charge last November, scoring a relentless 68 goals so far in eight qualifiers for next year's World Cup, but the vast majority of those wins have come against vastly inferior, part-time opposition. Norway are a giant of the women's game, two-time European champions and boasting a forward line that would be the envy of most teams in the world.
Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg, the 2018 Ballon d'Or winner and a star of this season's Champions League final, didn't do much wrong in the first half but Norway simply couldn't get the ball to her. For Barcelona forward Caroline Graham Hansen, described by England defender Jess Carter on Saturday as "probably the best player I've faced", was similarly restricted, as was Chelsea's Norway winger Guro Reiten, a lethal crosser of the ball.
Instead, it was England's morale-boosted forward line of Mead, White and Hemp who ran riot, while Norway's Manchester United centre-back Maria Thorisdottir endured a night she will want to forget as quickly as possible.
It was Thorisdottir who was deemed - slightly harshly, in truth - to have fouled White for the penalty that led to England's opening goal, which was powerfully hammered into the net by Stanway. The Manchester City midfielder has been designated as the Lionesses' first-choice spot-kick taker for this tournament, after extensive penalty practice from the team in June's preparation camps, and she delivered with an emphatic hit which ramped up the atmosphere inside a joyous Brighton & Hove Community Stadium.
The absorbing roar somehow then seemed to suck England towards the Norway goal and unstoppable momentum was soon building. Mead, with the performance of her life, showed skill and vision to cross low for Hemp to turn in the second and get her tournament up and running, just three minutes later.
White, who had not scored for England since April, then fought for the ball and took full advantage of a mistake from a dawdling Thorisdottir to make it three, before Mead flashed in the fourth. The Arsenal forward's fifth - a sensational piece of individual skill - had the crowd in disbelief and White's second of the night brought up the sixth goal before the break. Norway were simply stunned.
Germany had sent out a statement by overpowering Denmark on Friday. Sweden and The Netherlands both performed well on Saturday, and France demolished Italy on Sunday, laying down a gauntlet. On Monday night, England responded, with the performance of their dreams.
The victory gave former Netherlands manager Wiegman an 14th win from her 16 games in charge so far without defeat, but this by far the most impressive.
If England had been nervous and somewhat cautious against Austria in their cagey opener at Old Trafford on Wednesday, this was a demonstration of how Wiegman's team can play when the shackles are off, and it was a night everybody inside the home of Brighton & Hove Albion will remember for a long time to come.
And before the hour mark, Wiegman was able to start to rest some of her most important players. On come Manchester United duo Ella Toone and Russo, with the latter nodding in the game's seventh to get her tournament off the mark. Both excelled. Manchester City defender Alex Greenwood, also on as a second-half substitute, smashed a terrific effort from range onto the crossbar.
There were also unsung heroines: Perhaps none more impressive than holding midfielder Keira Walsh, the metronome keeping England's attacks constantly ticking. But Mead deservedly grabbed all the headlines as she netted her sixth goal in her past four England appearances to complete her hat-trick and make it eight. Yes, 8-0.
When the FA submitted their bid for England to host this tournament back in August 2018, not even the most optimistic of day-dreaming FA staff members could have possibly thought a night like this was possible
By the end, home fans were chanting 'we want 10', while there were multiple choruses of 'Football's coming home'. This was the night the nation clocked onto the fact England are hosting this tournament and genuinely do have a magnificent chance of winning it. Far tougher tests lie ahead, but the Lionesses will take some beating on this form.
England (4-2-3-1): Earps; Bronze, Bright, Williamson, Daly (Greenwood, 57); Stanway (Scott, 81), Walsh; Mead, Kirby (Toone, 58), Hemp (Kelly, 70); White (Russo, 57)
Subs not used: Carter, Hampton (gk), Stokes, Parris, Roebuck (gk)
Yellow cards: None
Norway (4-2-3-1): Pettersen; T. Hansen, Mjelde, Thorisdottir, Blakstad; Boe Risa (Maanum, 59, Engen; Saevik (Bergsvand, 45), Graham Hansen (Eikeland, 76), Reiten (Terland, 84); Hegerberg (Ildhusoy, 75)
Subs not used: Sonsetvold, Skoglund (gk), Bjelde, S. Hansen, Josendal, Haug, Mikalsen (gk)
Yellow cards: Blakstad, Ildhusoy
Referee: Riem Hussein (Germany)
England 8-0 Norway: as it happened
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What a tremendous evening it has been for England. Make sure to follow our Euro 2022 coverage again soon, particularly as we follow England into the knockout rounds.
Tom Garry's report from the Amex
Is now above the line.
Sarina Wiegman speaks
[It] was a very special night. We didn't expect to make such a big win as we did, but we played really well, we exploited their weaknesses.
But at the same time it's just a win, just one win.
We have to stay really grounded
When asked what she thought after going to 6-0 before half-time:
What's going on here?
Norway didn't have the answers on our game.
It was very enjoyable to watch.
A time to celebrate
This will take some sinking in
WHAT JUST ACTUALLY HAPPENED AND WHY DID EVERYONE SAY NORWAY WERE DARK HORSES??!! #EURO2022
— Fiona Tomas (@fi_tomas_) July 11, 2022
Beth Mead speaks
I keep saying it, but I can't put into words - honestly, I'm just loving it here, loving being part of this team, and enjoying every minute.
I keep saying - I'm really enjoying my football.
It's incredible feeling to feel like I do right now.
I don't think I even dreamt of this.
When asked about a prospective Golden Boot:
To be fair, I haven't even thought about it. I just want to get goals for my team, and win.
England will edge it, I said, further down. England were dominant within the first five minutes, and what happened tonight has been incredibly special.
90 +3 min: England 8-0 Norway
England pass the ball around at the back, but there's a sense they may yet one last attack. Scott runs now, playing to Toone, but caught out by Norway. England win back the ball, Greenwood tussling with Tuva Hansen, who sends her to the ground. Bright fires in a last long ball into the penalty area which goes skidding out as the whistle blows.
90 +1 min: England 8-0 Norway
Bronze comes running down from the top right corner to pass to Scott just right of goal, but her shot flies wide, the angle not quite working out.
90 min: England 8-0 Norway
'It's Coming Home' rings out from the crowd, amidst the screams. Three minutes added time.
88 min: England 8-0 Norway
Greenwood takes the free kick, going for goal, but it's just off target, curving too late. Maanum gets a yellow card. Tuva Hansen goes for a righthanded attack, but the ball is picked up by England with ease.
Russo passes across the goal face but defence clings too tightly for a toe poke into goal.
86 min: England 8-0 Norway
Greenwood feeds on the left, then it's passed to Kelly in the top corner. She sends it into the box, but it's over-weighted. Bronze collects on the left, before a Norway throw-in.
Toone is felled by Maanum 20 yards out, which makes it time for a free kick.
84 min: England 8-0 Norway
Russo nearly makes it nine, off a clever pass in from the right but it goes sky high. She could have managed it with a more thoughtful touch, but one shouldn't quibble at eight-nil.
Maanum goes on the run for Norway, and gets her strike away, but it's off target and Earps doesn't move much.
82 min: England 8-0 Norway
Norway has had zero shots on target, at last count.
80 min: England 8-0 Norway
On comes Scott, in her tenth major international tournament, for Stanway.
Then Mead gets her hattrick! It's a cheeky one, snuck in on the goal line from a rebound from a strike to Pettersen. Mead jinks the ball over her head, and that is EIGHT!
Beth Mead has a hat-trick!
What a night for her and for England!#BBCFootball #BBCEuros #Euro2022
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 11, 2022
A disappointing night for some, reports Fiona Tomas
Ada Hederberg, the 2018 Ballon D’or winner who was supposed to cause all sorts of problems on her return to international football, cut a forlorn figure when she was substituted just then. The Lyon striker was handed a bottle of water by one of the team’s support staff but refused it, before participating in a subdued round of high-fives with the bench.
78 min: England 7-0 Norway
Walsh passes up to Mead, who sprints past Blakstad, clipping her for the ball. She's pulled up by the referee, but Blakstad stays up.
When Ildhusoy came on for Hegerberg, so did Eikeland, for Graham Hansen.
76 min: England 7-0 Norway
Greenwood on the left, sends it back to Kelly, but Norway bundle it out and win the throw in their own half.
There are 28,847 people here to witness this evening - the majority happy, at this stage.
Ildhusoy immediately gets involved, and gets a yellow card after barreling into Williamson.
74 min: England 7-0 Norway
Kelly is troubling the Norway defenders in the box, who can stuff it out, but only to Greenwood who powers the ball onto the crossbar! England almost gets something on the rebound, but Pettersen claws for it.
Norway make a change: Hegerberg, astoundingly, for Ildhusoy.
Fiona Tomas reports
England are in seventh heaven! As things stand, this would be a record win for the Lionesses at a Euros.
From a Norwegian perspective, this is becoming more and more painful to watch. Their manager, Martin Sjogren, is standing on the touchline with both hands in his pockets, looking dejected.
72 min: England 7-0 Norway
Another change for Greenwood passes to Toone, who sends it to Russ- it's fired into the penalty area and Mead nearly gets the eighth from the rebound.
70 min: England 7-0 Norway
Walsh sends the ball diagonally up to the right of the field. Bronze, on the edge of the box, passes back to Toone, who shoots, somewhat weakly, into Pettersen's arms.
England have had 18 attempts on goal, 11 on target.
69 min: England 7-0 Norway
That seventh goal was Russo's first in a major international tournament, to add to an evening of firsts.
Hemp goes off, Kelly, who was subbed on against Austria, comes on.
67 min: England 7-0 Norway
Hegerberg tumbles, running without the ball, as Norway try to counter. There is a little contact with Williamson, and after a few moments she springs back into play.
England take the advantage, Bronze sending a leaping cross up and into the penalty area. Toone heads it towards goal on target, but Pettersen scores.
65 min: GOAL! England 7-0 Norway
Bronze pulls down a high flying ball on the right to send to the backline. Greenwood gets a lovely cross long into the penalty area, but Norway deal with it before a marauding England playing can make hay with it. Walsh picks up the ball of a passing Norway player, then play goes right.
Mead plays to Russo, crossing in from the right for Russo to header into goal with a tilt and a shrug.
63 min: England 6-0 Norway
Bronze is visibly frustrated as a ball rolls out on the right too quickly for her to keep in play. Norway hold on to possession, but when they launch an attack, things crumble. Toone plays to Stanway, who shoots low from twenty yards out. The shot goes just wide of the left post.
61 min: England 6-0 Norway
Toone passes to Lauren Hemp, cutting back from the left. Bronze sets up Walsh, who plays to Toone, to send in a lovely ball to Mead hovering in the box. She goes to ground, flying for contact.
Hegerberg has her pocket picked, and England come again. Mead runs in, looking to feed in the box, but Blakstad bullies the ball out, only as far as England's high press.
59 min: England 6-0 Norway
Bronze looks for light down the right, where she has found much joy this evening, but Norway are keeping England back for a period. Mead escapes but the ball rolls out, then the whistle blows for a change.
Norway's Boe Risa comes off for Maanum.
57 min: England 6-0 Norway
Some England changes: White has her last touch, going out for Russo, Daly comes off for Greenwood, and Kirby's off for Toone.
55 min: England 6-0 Norway
Kirby finds Stanway, who cuts powerfully down the middle of the pitch looking to set up Mead. England have a throw-in, Bronze to Mead, but Mead is thrown down by an overzealous Blakstad, who receives a yellow card.
Free kick from the right of the penalty area, looped in for White, but it flies wide.
53 min: England 6-0 Norway
Hemp looks for Mead in the penalty area, sending the ball flying in for her but Mead can only power it over the cross bar. Pettersen kicks to a Norway player, but Walsh swoops in and retakes possession.
Engen with the ball now, sending it to Tuva Hansen, but Daly pushes the ball out of play with tight defending. Graham Hansen goes for the attack, but there is little support, and England are all over the Norway players present in the England half.
51 min: England 6-0 Norway
England are high up on the right of the penalty area. The ball is swung towards the near post, but Norway defend well, and the ball plays back to Earps.
Kirby sneaks between the Norwegian lines, looking for Hemp, who is turned over by Graham Hansen.
49 min: England 6-0 Norway
Norway gain possession from a goal kick, paddling the ball about, but England snaffle it up in midfield. Kirby passes across to Bronze on the right, and Blakstad muscles the ball off for an England throw-in.
Free kick for England after Blakstad checks Mead collecting off the throw.
47 min: England 6-0 Norway
England have the opening few minutes worth of possession, looking utterly in control. If Norway has had a mindset shift, the side is yet to show it.
Second half - 45 min: England 6-0 Norway
Kirby starts off England's immediate attack, then Walsh loops a right swinging ball up the field to Hemp in the penalty area. It's weighted well, but Hemp can't get the finish right, with Pettersen making an easy save.
Norway make a change
Saevik off for Bergsvand. Restart at the Amex.
More from Fiona Tomas
Unsurprisingly, some Norway fans are already leaving the Amex after watching their team get hit for six and you can't blame them. This is so far Norway's worst ever performance at a Euros, surpassing their 4-0 loss to Germany in the 2009 group stages. It could get even uglier yet...
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If I was a betting woman
A reminder than the current record margin of victory in a Women's Euros match stands at 6-0, from England's win over Scotland in 2017... For how long? @TeleFootball #WEURO2022
— Tom Garry (@TomJGarry) July 11, 2022
45 +2 min: England 6-0 Norway
England pass around at the back, before the whistle blows.
There is not one, but two dressing rooms I would give my eye-teeth to be a fly on the wall in.
45 +1 min: England 6-0 Norway
Hegerberg picks up a lovely ball on the edge of England's box, but she shoots wide, for England's goal kick. England are on the run again, Hemp coming from the left to cross too deep for White to pick off. No resting on one's laurels at 6-0.
45 min: England 6-0 Norway
Two minutes added time
44 min: England 6-0 Norway
Kirby plays to Hemp, who plays back down the left side. Williamson strokes the ball long to Bronze, who sets up Mead on the right, mysteriously unmarked. She plays the ball into the box to White, sprinting in, and she misses the cross by a bootlace.
42 min: England 6-0 Norway
Daly on the left Cryff turns once, then twice. What is happening?
Norway attempt an attack, but whisking possession back, England breach the defence yet again. On the halfway line, Bright passes to Stanway, who is knocked down for a free kick.
From an increasingly awestruck Fiona Tomas
This is actually getting ridiculous. Surely no one predicted this?
Beth Mead, who already provided an assist for Lauren Hemp’s goal, is already staking her claim as an early contender for the Euros’ Golden Boot.
First that thumping header to make it four… before dazzling the crowd with a sublime individual bit of trickery to outfox a sea of red shirts to slot a low shot into the bottom corner! That was an absolute joy to watch.
Norway don’t know what’s hit them. They can’t string two passes together at the moment and look like a shadow of the team that convincingly dispatched Northern Ireland last week.
So much for them being dark horses in this tournament.
40 min: GOAL! England 6-0 Norway
Bronze is such a danger on the right hand side, tilting up the pitch to feed her forwards. Stanway passes off to Kirby, running into the box from right. She selflessly plays to White, and there is her brace!
Breaking France's record in under twenty-four hours? Mais oui!
38 min: GOAL! England 5-0 Norway
Bronze on the right sends the ball to Mead, who sends an airy cross in to the box for White or Hemp to pick up, but it goes long for a goal kick.
Mead has another attempt, off a snaky ball from Kirby in front of the penalty area. Ball shifting from foot-to-foot, she dismisses defender after defender to strike past Pettersen - GOAL NUMBER FIVE!
36 min: England 4-0 Norway
Norway are looking extremely frustrated as they push to get into England's half for the first time in what feels like eons. Bright muscles the ball of a Norway player in front of the box, and Walsh scoops up possession.
Mead hadn't even scored the fourth
Norway look shell-shocked #EURO2022
— Fiona Tomas (@fi_tomas_) July 11, 2022
34 min: GOAL! England 4-0 Norway
Bronze fires to goal, but Pettersen blocks the shot. Norway tentatively keeps possession at the back, but when they try to go forward, Bronze sneaks the ball, sending it to Hemp, who sends it to White. It's crossed in, and lands on the head of Mead!
31 min: England 3-0 Norway
Bronze is on the run now, in acres of space on the right. She passes to Mead in the box, who cuts back to her. The ball lands in front of White, who goes for a second goal, but Pettersen makes the close range save.
Corner now, in from the left off the boot of Hemp, short to Kirby. They play between one another, looking for Stanway to push through, but the ball plays back.
29 min: GOAL! England 3-0 Norway
That's three! White, having stolen the ball midway into the Norwegian half, is under pressure from Thorisdottir, but it doesn't stymy her run, as she scythes into the penalty area to strike from 20 yards.
She's read the report and says: that's my spot, thanks.
Fiona Tomas, live from the Amex
What an emphatic opening 20 minutes for England. This has been a dream start for Sarina Wiegman’s side against a team everyone feared would provide a tough test. The Lionesses have the Norwegians on the ropes after two quick fire goals.
It was a coolly taken penalty from Georgia Stanway to put the Lionesses in front. It takes some nerve to convert a spotkick in front of some 29,000 people when you’re used to playing in front of much smaller crowds at club level, but she placed it perfectly.
A big shout must go to Ellen White, though. The Man City defender knew exactly what she was doing after she turned Maria Thorisdottir inside out, inviting her to impede her and win the penalty. The Norwegian centre back has had a nightmare few minutes and was at fault for playing Lauren Hemp onside for England's second.
But the crowd don't care. Brighton is bouncing.
27 min: England 2-0 Norway
Fantastic ball from Bright finds Mead on the right. Mead hurtles in, looking for White running into the box. Mjelde is glued to her, and under pressure, the ball loops over the cross bar.
25 min: England 2-0 Norway
Play continues, Daly running back onto the pitch, looking hardy. Time to defend a corner, conceded in her absence.
Reiten steps up, and Bright wins the ball, floating in. Saevik picks up the rebound from further out, but Mead defends it out of the penalty area.
23 min: England 2-0 Norway
Daly tangles herself in a challenge on an oncoming Norway attack from Saevik. Her foot gets stuck on the pitch, and her body twists at an uncomfortable angle. She's attended to by the physios.
Nothing like tempting fate, is there?
Not even 20 mins in and the crowd are already singing 'It's coming home.' It really has been a dream start for England. These Norwegian fans are a bit...quiet #EURO2022 pic.twitter.com/QqFZIKUWrs
— Fiona Tomas (@fi_tomas_) July 11, 2022
21 min: England 2-0 Norway
There were claims for a handball after that corner, but they're investigated by VAR, and VAR says no dice. Norway attacks again, in from the right, but Earps makes the save by the near post. Norway are pushing more now, but England's defence looks fit for purpose.
Free kick for England, after White is sandwiched by a leaping Thorisdottir and Boe Risa.
Luke Edwards, at the Amex
Was that a dive by Ellen White to win the penalty? She was being held by the defender but appeared to have got free before she fell over in what can only be described as a slightly dramatic fashion. She was impeded, rather than held too, with an arm across the chest... soft.
19 min: England 2-0 Norway
Reiten crosses into the box but Bright slides pushing the ball out for a corner. It comes in, seeking Blakstad, but she can't get the shot off the play. It's bustled out for another corner.
Reiten delivers, and Hegerberg leaps, but England defend the ball out to the centre line.
17 min: England 2-0 Norway
Lauren Hemp was a master of positioning on the end of Mead's cross, and Norway were adrift. Hemp goes on another run, shimmying past players to strike past the near post. Corner for England, and there's a touch for White, but it's saved by a stooping Pettersen.
15 min: GOAL! England 2-0 Norway
Will it stand? Lauren Hemp has her hands on her hips, waiting for the VAR check. On the replay, she looks onside, and the goal could stand.
It does! The Amex errupts!
13 min: England 1-0 Norway
Norway immediately start the fight back, Hegerberg striking wildly at goal, but it's an unfocused attempt.
Stanway on the run, she finds Mead on the right. Up the pitch, Mead crosses in front of goal to set up a running Hemp, but the balance isn't quite right.
She tries again, same play, and it's in! But the flag goes up!
11 min: GOAL! England 1-0 Norway
White picks up the ball deftly to turn past Thorisdottir on the inside edge of the box, tipping over when Thorisdottir pulls her down. Stanway steps up to take it.
She pauses, and goes for a rocket strike into the left corner, so fast that even quick-diving Pettersen has no hope of saving it. England are ahead!
9 min: England 0-0 Norway
White and Kirby test Tuva Hansen, linking up and cutting through the middle, so far England looking the zestier of the two teams this evening.
7 min: England 0-0 Norway
A misplayed pass to Hemp on the left high up by Norway's goal goes out of play, but Norway commit the same error moments later.
England comes again, this time on the right, with Stanway looking for the break, but Norway win possession until Bronze dismisses Engen. Stanway runs into space for the pass, looking promising by the penalty area, but it's long for a goal kick.
5 min: England 0-0 Norway
Reiten picks off the ball from Bronze, but Bronze takes it back. Hemp wrestles with Saevik on the left, trying to push past. England regain possession and send it back, passing the ball between Williamson, Bright and Bronze as they look for an inlet.
Hemp proves the target, and she goes bustling down the left, but Tuva Hansen stems the flow of England's attack.
Live from Tom Garry
By this stage in these two teams' 2019 World Cup quarter-final meeting, England were already winning. Jill Scott had them inside in the third minute in Le Havre. That 3-0 victory was probably England's best night at a major tournament in the past 13 years. Today's contest, you'd imagine, will be much closer.
3 min: England 0-0 Norway
Bright clears, but it lands on Norwegian heads until White snaffles the ball. Blakstad takes another run into the box, but England defend well, starting a counter, but Engen shuts down Stanway.
1 min: England 0-0 Norway
Norway open with possession, as Boe Risa sends the ball in from the left long, but Bronze leaps to head it out of the penalty area. Blakstad picks up a pass from Engen as she runs up the left, but she can't keep it in play.
Norway has the first kick of the ball, after the players take the knee to loud applause.
Telegraph Sport's Luke Edwards is in prime position
There have been travel problems getting to the stadium from Brighton, but atmosphere building, and one of the things you notice about the crowds at big games in women’s football is how many families there are, parents with boys and girls.
My seat is next to the players’ friends and families… a lot of very proud faces at the moment as National anthems are played
Out come the players
To enormous cheers. There will be nearly 30,00 fans in Brighton, but because of those train delays, some may miss the start.
It's looking pretty full as it stands, however.
Norway belts out their national anthem, and then England does the same.
Norway and England
Haven't met since September 2019. Before Hegerberg made her return to international football, before Sarina Wiegman's appointment and their 15-game unbeaten run.
Predictions? I think England edge it, but with goals aplenty.
If Hegerberg and Reiten played for your nation, wouldn't you?
Most Norway fans you talk to are pretty optimistic about tonight's game. Live blog coming up via @TeleFootball pic.twitter.com/TEx5lIOZqt
— Tom Garry (@TomJGarry) July 11, 2022
Group A, as it stands
After beating Northern Ireland 2-0, Austria are now level on three points with England and Norway. Northern Ireland are still yet to claim a single point in the competition, their hopes of progressing from the group states painfully slim.
By contrast, if either England or Norway win tonight, they will have guaranteed themselves progression from the group.
Currently in need of 14 runs for victory over South Africa
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— Lionesses (@Lionesses) July 11, 2022
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Tom Garry is part of the Telegraph Sport team in Brighton
First up, some bad news.
There's a broken down train impacting services on the line to Falmer, the station adjacent to the stadium here, from the centre of Brighton, so lots of fans might be late arriving tonight.
Team news in full
England's starting XI: Mary Earps (GK), Lucy Bronze, Rachel Daly, Keira Walsh, Millie Bright, Beth Mead, Leah Williamson (c), Ellen White, Georgia Stanway, Lauren Hemp, Fran Kirby
Substitutes: Alex Greenwood, Jess Carter, Hannah Hempton, Demi Stokes, Jill Scott, Nikita Parris, Chloe Kelly, Bethany England, Ella Toone, Ellie Roebuck, Alessia Russo
Norway starting XI: Guro Pettersen (GK), Tuva Hansen, Maren Mjelde (c), Maria Thorisdottir, Julie Blakstad, Karina Saevik, Vilde Boe Risa, Ingrid Syrstad Engen, Guro Reiten, Caroline Graham Hansen, Ada Hegerberg
Substitutes: Anja Sonstevold, Guro Bergsvand, Sunniva Skoglund, Celin Bizet Ildhusoy, Amalia Eikeland, Thea Bjelde, Frida Maanum, Elisabeth Terland, Synne Skinnes Hansen, Anna Langas Josendal, Sophie Roman Haug, Aurora Mikalsen
No changes for England, despite calls for Greenwood to take up position in the backline, and questions as to whether White's No. 9 duties should be curtailed.
Just under 45 minutes until kick-off
And Norway's starting XI
Dagens 11 utvalgte til kampen mot England 🔥
Nå kjører vi!#sterkeresammen #weuro2022 pic.twitter.com/INBantrgDE
— Fotballandslaget (@nff_landslag) July 11, 2022
How the Lionesses look tonight
Your starting line-up tonight against Norway! 👊 pic.twitter.com/gxAXfxsVxD
— Lionesses (@Lionesses) July 11, 2022
Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport's live coverage of England versus Norway, kicking off at the Falmer Stadium at 8pm.
This should be the showpiece match of Group A as two well-favoured teams look to lay out their statement of intent for the knockout rounds, which, barring upsets, both teams are expected to make. Sarina Wiegman's side are yet to distinguish at Euro 2022, after a shaky yet ultimately competent 1-0 win over Austria which saw England struggle to make their mark on the competition in the opening half.
There would be no more impressive opportunity to do so at this stage than against Norway, who overran Northern Ireland 4-1 in their opening match. After a disappointing run-out at Euro 2017, which saw them fail to progress to the group stages without scoring a single goal, Norway are hoping to rediscover form at the tournament where until 2017, they had reached the semi-finals or further at every iteration since 2001.
Their aims are aided by the return of Ada Hegerberg. The inaugural winner of the Ballon D'Or Feminin is playing in her first major tournament after her five-year hiatus from international football, partially in protest over the lack of support the Norwegian Football Federation had historically given to women's football. Shortly before winning the Champions League with Lyon this May, Hegerberg scored a hattrick in her first match back against Kosovo.
But Hegerberg is not the only player that might be giving England players sleepless nights, with the scoring power of the Norwegian side burnished by Chelsea winger Guro Reiten and Barcelona forward Caroline Graham Hansen.
Wiegman will also have a decision to make about reforming the starting XI that England fielded against Sweden. Fans decried the loss of Manchester City defender Alex Greenwood, sacrificed as captain Leah Williamson dropped back, and there have been questioned asked about the security of legacy striker Ellen White's role in the face of up and coming talent like Alessia Russo and Beth England.