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OSLO / BUCURESTI (VG) The Norwegian Football Association confirms that the match against Austria will be played. An “emergency national team” is now being sent, led by U21 coach Leif Gunnar Smerud.

With the exception of a player who has had a corona, the squad consists of players in foreign clubs, the NFF states.

– Despite a special entrance, I look forward to meeting the players who in a chaotic situation have responded with great goodwill to help the national team in a demanding situation. Now it is about preparing to make a good performance against Austria, says acting national team manager Leif Gunnar Smerud in


The Football Association’s original plan was for everyone to travel directly to Austria from eleven different countries, but this was not possible.

Complicated entry rules to Austria mean that they meet in Norway and travel in a united troop to Vienna. This scheme has been approved by the Norwegian Directorate of Health and the Ministry of Health, according to the Norwegian Football Association.

Austria announced this weekend that it is entering a full “lockdown” to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

On Sunday, VG has been in contact with a number of players who confirm that they have been contacted by the NFF.

A press conference will be held at 11.00 on Monday morning where the squad and other details will be presented.

– These have been demanding assessments, but we are now happy that the match can be played, both sportingly and out of consideration for our obligations to UEFA and the tournament we participate in. The boys themselves and their clubs have been very positive to show up at short notice to complete this match, says Secretary General Pål Bjerketvedt.


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