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New Norway boss excited by first match against Northern Ireland at Windsor

By Graham Luney

Norway's new manager Lars Lagerback has warned Northern Ireland that he means business in the World Cup qualifiers.

The boss who led Iceland to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals in France last summer, shocking England along the way, faces his first competitive battle at Windsor Park on March 26 in charge of a Norway side who have won just one of their opening four qualifiers.

Norway are in fifth spot in Grup C, four points behind second placed Northern Ireland and the 68-year-old Swede said: "This is a challenge that really motivates me. It feels very exciting. I never close any doors. If Iceland can do it, so can Norway.

"It's about getting players who I can believe in. In World Cup qualification, we're in a difficult situation, but there's a chance we can make second place, and hopefully the play-off.

"Results so far in the World Cup qualifiers have not been good so we must be frank about where we are," he added.

"However, I see the potential in this team."

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