England Women’s U-23s slipped to defeat against Norway at St. George’s Park on Thursday afternoon, losing to two quickfire first-half goals.
In a return fixture of last month’s match in Moss when Mo Marley’s side ran out as 2-1 winners, it was two quickfire first-half goals from the visitors which secured victory.
They took the lead after 14 minutes of the game, when Emma Good slotted home at the far post following a cross from the left.
And Norway doubled their advantage four minutes later when Olaug Tvedten did well to fashion some space before curling a shot from just outside the area to give Emily Ramsey no chance.
Opportunities were slim after the break, and despite a better performance from England they just couldn’t find a breakthrough.
Marley and her squad will be in action against Scandinavian opposition again next week, when they travel to Falkenburg to play Sweden on Monday afternoon.
England: 1 Emily Ramsey (Everton on loan from Manchester United), 2 Jorja Fox (Brighton & Hove Albion on loan from Chelsea), 3 Poppy Pattinson (Brighton & Hove Albion), 4 Missy Bo Kearns (Liverpool), 5 Maya Le Tissier (Manchester United), 6 Mia Ross (Charlton Athletic), 7 Katie Robinson (Brighton & Hove Albion), 8 Molly Pike (Leicester City), 9 Shannon O’Brien (Leicester City), 10 Laura Blindkilde Brown (Aston Villa), 11 Freya Gregory (Aston Villa)
Substitutes: 12 Asmita Ale (Tottenham Hotspur) for Pattison 46, 19 Anouk Denton (University of Louisville) for O’Brien 72, 14 Mel Filis (West Ham) for for Pike 81, 20 Ruby Grant (University of North Carolina) for Blindkilde Brown 81
Substitutes not used: 13 Kayla Rendell (Southampton), 15 Paige Peake (Southampton), 16 Gemma Lawley (Birmingham City), 17 Angela Addison (Charlton Athletic), 18 Charlotte Wardlaw (Liverpool on loan from Chelsea), 22 Emily Orman (Chelsea)