- Norway were thrashed in their inaugural international match, losing 11-3 to Sweden in 1908. Despite a brief golden period during the 1930s, when they came third in the 1936 Olympics and qualified for the 1938 World Cup, their record for the rest of the century is not particularly impressive. However, their stock began to rise again during the 1990s when they qualified for the 1994 and 1998 World Cups as well as, fleetingly, rising to a FIFA World ranking of second.
Norway's performance against England started poorly, shipping four (thrice) and six goals (twice) until the legendary 1981 World Cup Qualifier in Oslo which they won 2-1. The occasion is best remembered for Bjorge Lillenlien's infamous rant, "Can you hear me, Maggie Thatcher? Your boys took one hell of a beating!"
England failed to beat Norway for a further 32 years until Ashley Young scored the only goal in a friendly in Oslo in May 2012.
Head to head
- World Cup QualifierWCQ
- NOR, 3rd Sep 2014, 1 - 0 (FR)
- NOR, 26th May 2012, 1 - 0 (FR)
- NOR, 11th Oct 1995, 0 - 0 (FR)
- NOR, 22nd May 1994, 0 - 0 (FR)
- NOR, 2nd Jun 1993, 0 - 2 (WCQ)
- NOR, 14th Oct 1992, 1 - 1 (WCQ)
- NOR, 9th Sep 1981, 1 - 2 (WCQ)
- NOR, 10th Sep 1980, 4 - 0 (WCQ)
- NOR, 29th Jun 1966, 6 - 1 (FR)
- NOR, 18th May 1949, 4 - 1 (FR)
- NOR, 9th Nov 1938, 4 - 0 (FR)
- NOR, 14th May 1937, 6 - 0 (FR)
- * Match was concluded via extra time, penalties or both.