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John Arne Riise Absolutely Rips Into Norway For Losing 8-0 To England

Nasir Jabbar

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John Arne Riise Absolutely Rips Into Norway For Losing 8-0 To England

​John Arne Riise pulled no punches as he absolutely ripped into Norway for losing 8-0 to England on Monday.

​The Lionesses ran riot against Norway to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the European Women's Championship.  

England scored SIX goals in the first-half, with Georgia Stanway, Lauren Hemp, Ellen White and Beth Mead all getting on the score-sheet. 

The hosts grabbed two more goals in the second-half to record a huge win at the Amex Stadium.

But Norway's showing left a lot to be desired, with former Liverpool star Riise slamming their performance following the game. 

He didn't back hold as he took aim at tactics in a passionate rant. 

"This is the biggest game in a long time for Norway," he said. "You see the attitude, that's why I think it's embarrassing, it's pathetic, because there's no body language or the will to fight for your country.​

"Tactically, they're all over the place! The defending was horrible, I said at 2-0 this could get ugly.

"It's unbelievably shocking to see how bad Norway were first half.

"When you see the players, they're looking to the coaches' bench and asking 'who should pick up who'. England are doing extremely well in their positioning with and without the ball but Norway don't know what to do without the ball. England's right side are killing Norway."

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

Riise added: "The second half will be all about damage control and making substitutions

"Hopefully one of the centre backs will go off and another will come on, thinking about the next game.

"Now it's just about damage control and trying to win the second-half to give them confidence going into their last (group game)."​

Despite the heavy defeat to England, Norway can still progress to the next round if they beat Austria on Friday. 

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Football, England

Nasir Jabbar
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