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England 3 (Williams 17,80, Johnson 39)
att: 4,468; at the ProStar Stadium, Shrewsbury
England built on their Cyprus Cup success with a convincing 3-0 victory over one of the perceived stronger sides in the UEFA Championships, led by a double from Fara Williams and a first ever international goal for defender Lindsay Johnson.
England fielded all five American-based players in their starting line up with Eniola Aluko getting the vote to lead the attack. Fara Williams wore the captain's armband whilst Alex Scott won her 50th cap.
Norway went straight on the attack from the kick off and Solveig Gulbrandsen tried her luck from around 30 yards, the ball sailing narrowly over the bar.
England won their first opportunity in the sixth minute as Williams was tugged down around 25 yards from goal and a free kick was awarded. Williams has been in superb form from dead ball kicks in recent weeks and this effort was only just off target. Williams again sent in a shot on goal after a goal build up involving Kelly Smith and Aluko but Caroline Knutsen comfortably saved.
Norway should have gone ahead in the tenth minute though as Ingvild Isaksen outmuscled Anita Asante and made her way through on goal but shot wide of the far post with only Rachel Brown to beat.
They were made to pay for this miss in the eighteenth minute as England took the lead. Jill Scott laid the ball out wide to Karen Carney who appeared to scuff her left foot cross but Williams reacted quickly to fire a shot under Knutsen and in off the post for her 24th international goal.
Kelly Smith went close with a 25-yard free kick which was inches over whilst at the other end, Gulbrandsen was off target from a similar range.
England continued to dictate matters and were rewarded six minutes before half time by doubling their lead. After a corner had been cleared, Carney delivered a pinpoint cross for Lindsay Johnson to head in her first goal for her country from six yards.
With their tails firmly up, England sought further goals before the interval. Carney's powerful 30-yard strike was tipped over by Knutsen and Aluko saw a shot from the edge of the area deflected onto the post.
At the start of the second half, England took up the pace of the game once again and Sue Smith saw a goalbound shot headed away by Hedda Strand Gardsjord. There were shouts for a penalty just after the hour mark as Aluko tumbled in the area but they were waved away.
Williams sent another free kick just wide but there was a scare at the other end as a free kick was only half cleared and Isaksen's angled volley flew inches wide of the far post.
Elise Thorsnes should really have pulled a goal back as Rachel Brown passed the ball straight to her but her shot lacked conviction and it rolled harmlessly wide.
England introduced Jess Clarke as a late substitute and the winger was involved as they went further ahead. Clarke held the ball up on the left before finding Stoney, the full back playing the ball inside for Williams who unleashed a powerful 35-yard strike which Knutsen could only help into the net.
Jill Scott was unlucky not to add a fourth as her side foot volley from Carney's cross hit the side netting but 3-0 was an excellent result to keep England's Euro 2009 preparations nicely on track.
England: Rachel Brown, Alex Scott, Casey Stoney, Fara Williams, Lindsay Johnson, Anita Asante, Karen Carney, Jill Scott, Eniola Aluko (sub Katie Chapman 66mins), Kelly Smith, Sue Smith (sub Jess Clarke 79mins). Subs: Siobhan Chamberlain, Emily Westwood, Corinne Yorston, Rachel Unitt, Rachel Yankey, Jody Handley, Danielle Buet, Laura Bassett, Rachel Williams, Carly Telford, Gemma Davison, Michelle Hickmott.
Norway: Caroline Knutsen, Hedda Strand Gardsjord (sub Camilla Huse 81mins), Toril Akerhaugen, Ingvild Stensland, Maren Mjelde, Lene Storlokken (sub Anelli Giske 60mins), Trine Ronning, Solveig Gulbrandsen, Isabell Herlovsen (sub Lindy Melissa Wiik 60mins), Ingvild Isaksen, Kristin Lie (sub Elise Thorsnes 60mins). Subs: Solfrid Anderson, Marita Skammelsrud Lund, Leni Larsen Kaurin, Ingvild Johansen, Siri Nordeide Gronli.
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