ULLEVAAL STADION (VG) The national team has so far not managed to address the quarrel between Alexander Sørloth (24) and Lars Lagerbäck (72).
On Monday, Sørloth was back at national team training led by Lagerbäck. There were no signs of contact between the parties during the part of the training that was open to the press, but according to the national team manager, the case belongs to the past.
– What happened in the previous gathering, from my side, I have put it behind me, so I do not want to bring it up again, says Lagerbäck to VG and points out that the whole squad has not had the opportunity to meet yet, and that it thus no meeting has been held to air thoughts about the conflict, media reports and leaks that have irritated the national team environment in recent weeks.
– For me, it has not been anything different. The players roll in here at slightly different times. We greet each other just as usual. I have not noticed any difference so far, says the Swede.
– It is as the boss says, that we have not managed to be all together, so it has been difficult. But as Lars says, we have put it behind us and we focus on what comes next. So there is really nothing more to comment on, says captain Stefan Johansen.
VG revealed three weeks ago that Lagerbäck and Sørloth ended up in
during the previous national team gathering. In the wake of the case, both Lagerbäck and Sørloth made conflicting statements about the course of events, before the parties intervened through a press release from the Norwegian Football Association (NFF). Last week and especially VG for the writings around the case.
On Monday, he pointed out that he believes the leaks themselves are the problem, not that the media chooses to cover it once it has come out.
– I think we have managed to handle it well internally. That case is dead from all sides. When everyone meets now, we will see if we bring it up or not, says Johansen.
Mathias Normann, Stian Rode Gregersen, Birger Meling and Jonas Svensson have reported retirement to the Norwegian national team squad. They have been replaced by Iver Fossum, Sigurd Rosted, Marius Lode and Simen Juklerød.