Nordtveit called up by Norway


Havard Nordtveit has been called up to the Norway side to face Czech Republic and Sweden next month.

Norway are currently fifth in Group C of 2018 World Cup qualifying and desperately need a victory over Czech Republic on 10 June to have any chance of reaching the finals in Russia.

Nordtveit and his teammates then take on Sweden in a friendly on 13 June.

The Hammers midfielder has featured twice in Norway’s qualifying campaign so far and will be keen to help his side record their second win in Group C.

The 26-year-old played 16 times for West Ham United in his first season at London Stadium and will hope to round off his year on a positive note with his international teammates.


In other news, Martin Samuelsen has been called up to the Norway U21 squad for their upcoming European Championships qualifier against Kosovo in June.

Norway narrowly missed out on qualification for this year's tournament and will hope to get their 2019 qualifying campaign off to the perfect start against Kosovo on 12 June. 

Samuelsen has enjoyed a great year with the Club’s U23s, playing a key role as the PL2 side achieved promotion after beating Newcastle United in the Division Two play-off final two weeks ago.

The 20-year-old also gained crucial league experience on loan with EFL clubs Blackburn Rovers and Peterborough United over the course of the campaign.

On an international level, Samuelsen scored on his just his third senior appearance as Norway beat San Marino 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier in October.