Martin Odegaard and Norway won’t be taking part in Euro 2024 next summer, with their faint play-off hopes now at an end.
Despite the presence of Premier League stars Martin Odegaard and Erling Haaland in their team, Norway saw their direct Euro 2024 qualification hopes end last month, with Spain and Scotland securing the top two spots in their group.
Norway held out hope for a possible play-off spot, with their Nations League performance giving them an outside chance – depending on results elsewhere in the remaining qualifiers.
Unfortunately, the results just didn’t go Norway’s way, and over the weekend it was mathematically confirmed that they can no longer make the play-offs.
In a particularly cruel twist, Georgia are set to make the play-offs, despite finishing below Norway in Euro 2024 qualifying Group A.
Georgia won their Nations League group with 16 points from a possible 18. Norway only finished second in their own group with 10 points.
But ultimately, Norway had two chances to put themselves in contention to qualify, and they failed with both. They can only have themselves to blame.
Arsenal may have a number of internationals involved in the play-offs, with Poland (Jakub Kiwior), Ukraine (Oleksandr Zinchenko), Iceland (Runar Alex Runarsson), and Estonia (Karl Hein) all making the play-offs as it stands.
Iceland and Estonia haven’t had their spots officially confirmed yet, so they’ll have a nervous wait on the remaining results this week, whilst Ukraine still have the chance to qualify directly by beating Italy.
If Ukraine did win that tie, Italy would take part in the play-offs instead, so there would still be an Arsenal representative in Jorginho.