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King eyes England

3 September 2014

Rovers winger Josh King will be hoping to walk out at Wembley this evening when Norway take on England.

The 22-year-old missed Rovers’ 3-1 defeat to Wolves at the weekend through illness, but has linked up with the Norwegian national team for tonight’s game.

King, who has scored twice in 11 caps for his country, is one of three English-based players in Per-Mathias Hogmo’s squad, along with Cardiff City’s Mats Moller Daehli and Norwich City’s Alex Tetty.

Former Rovers favourite Morten Gamst Pedersen could also feature against the Three Lions, in what is their first friendly since a disappointing World Cup campaign. 

England boss Roy Hodgson, who was manager at Ewood Park from June 1997 to November 1998, will use tonight’s game to assess his squad ahead of next week’s Euro 2016 qualifier away to Switzerland.

Meanwhile, Rovers youngster Sam Lavelle started for Scotland’s Under-19s in last night’s 2-2 draw against the Czech Republic.

The Academy defender, who lined up for Eric Kinder’s Under-21s in their opening day victory over Brighton, was replaced after 56 minutes at Greenock Morton, as coach Ricky Sbragia shuffled his pack early in the second half.

Two first-half goals from Reading striker Harry Cardwell had given Scotland a 2-0 lead, but a brace from Sparta Prague forward Patrik Schick ensured that honours were even in an entertaining encounter at Cappielow.

The match was Scotland’s final preparation before they jet off to Lithuania to kick-off their UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying campaign next month.

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