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Wolves close on Vadim Demidov for 1m

Solbakken to bring in one of his own as Wolves bid 1m for Norwegian Demidov

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UPDATED:

22:14 GMT, 16 July 2012

Wolves are closing in on a 1million deal for Real Sociedad centre back Vadim Demidov, 25.

Stale Solbakken is using his knowledge of Norwegian football to bring in the 25-year-old, who has 15 caps.

Hungry Wolves: Vadim Demidov looks to be on his way to Molineux for 1m

Hungry Wolves: Vadim Demidov looks to be on his way to Molineux for 1m

The defender played against England in their recent friendly and will give Wolves much needed experience in a suspect area.

However, the Midlands club could face late competition from Eintracht Frankfurt.

Norway 0 England 1: Ashley Young scores winner

Norway 0 England 1: Young hits winner but it's back to the future for Roy's Three Lions

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UPDATED:

22:51 GMT, 26 May 2012

England expects little from its national football team these days, which is perhaps just as well.

Effective rather than spectacular might have been Roy Hodgson's career maxim, though England would readily settle for that given recent past failures.

Young at heart: The Manchester United winger opens the scoring in Norway with nine minutes gone

Young at heart: The Manchester United winger opens the scoring in Norway with nine minutes gone

MATCH FACTS

Norway: Jarstein, Hogli (Ruud 40), Demidov, Hangeland, Riise, Tettey (Jenssen 90+1), Elyounoussi, Henriksen (Berisha 84), Pedersen (Grindheim 63), Braaten (Huseklepp 74), Abdellaoui.

Subs: Pettersen, Madsen.

England: Green, Jones (Kelly 88), Jagielka, Lescott, Baines, Milner, Gerrard (Barry 46) (Henderson 73), Parker (Walcott 56), Downing (Johnson 85), Young (Oxlade-Chamberlain 73), Carroll.

Subs: Hart, Defoe.

Goals: Young 9

Referee: Michael Weiner (Germany)

And here, Hodgson finally had his chance to manage England in practice, having spent much of the past month being asked to talk about it in theory.

While the performance may have been distinctly underwhelming, he will have been quietly encouraged by a narrow victory, even if his team spent much of the second half on the back foot against a mediocre side.

The serene surroundings of the Ullevaal Stadium, hills bedecked with pine forests glinting in the evening Scandinavian sun, can be deceptive.

England suffered two of their greatest humiliations here in 1981 and 1993. Veteran Norway coach Egil Olsen, architect of that '93 victory, had never lost in four outings against England.

All smiles: Young celebrates with captain Gerrard after giving England the lead

All smiles: Young celebrates with captain Gerrard after giving England the lead

Hodgson's team, of course, was far from his first XI. Joe Hart was rested, Steven Gerrard only played a half and Gary Cahill, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard are yet to join the squad – as is Wayne Rooney, though he is suspended for the opening two Euro 2012 games.

Nevertheless, there were some conclusions to be drawn. For one, there will be no stampede to the bookmakers to get late money on England as shock contenders for Euro 2012: a quarter-final is the likely extent of their capabilities.

Up for the battle: Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard flies into a tackle

Up for the battle: Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard flies into a tackle

And, it seems England will be going back to the future. Having spent decades edging nervously away from the straight lines of a 4-4-2 formation, they reverted to type in a return to that set-up with a team that might that might have been stamped 'Made in England'.

There was some flexibility, in that either Andy Carroll or Ashley Young would drop deeper to link up at times, but there was precious little fluidity between midfield and attack.

Hodgson looks on as the former Baggies boss takes charge of his first England game

Hodgson looks on as the former Baggies boss takes charge of his first England game

No player operated in those dangerous areas, outside of the conventional lines of formation, that the best teams tend to exploit. Some adventure came later, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 18, making his debut and operating centrally, behind Carroll, but he could make little impact in a 17-minute cameo.

That Young-Carroll axis led to the opening goal. Carroll, holding the ball up on halfway, managed to play in Young, who charged goalwards. When he reached the penalty area, he executed a delightful dummy to earn himself the space required to shoot across Rune Jarstein and open the scoring on nine minutes. Norway's defending was beyond lax. Their holding midfielder, Alex Tettey, was nowhere to be seen and Fulham's Brede Hangeland appallingly static as Young glided past.

Head boy: Carroll led the line for England in Norway

Head boy: Carroll led the line for England in Norway

Gerrard exhorted his colleagues in his new role as captain but was fortunate to escape with only a lecture from referee Michael Weiner after a studs-raised challenge on Tom Hogli led to the Norway right-back being substituted.

At half-time, as expected, the skipper was replaced by Gareth Barry. Once Gerrard and Scott Parker were withdrawn, with James Milner coming in from his wide position to join Barry, they ended up conceding possession and control of the game. That has been the default failing of England midfields for decades and no one could expect Hodgson to remedy it in four days.

Centre of attention: Gary Neville sits alongside Hodgson and co on the England bench

Centre of attention: Gary Neville sits alongside Hodgson and co on the England bench

But Group D opponents France will relish such wastefulness as they boast a midfield including Yohan Cabaye, Yann M'Vila and Samir Nasri.

Stewart Downing crossed for a diving Carroll header on four minutes before retreating to the fringes. He was replaced by Adam Johnson on 85 minutes, one of a flurry of substitutions that included Martin Kelly making his England debut, coming on for Phil Jones after 88 minutes.

In trouble: Barry limped off with a groin injury

In trouble: Barry limped off with a groin injury

Robert Green, playing his first international since his awful gaffe against the USA in the first game of the 2010 World Cup finals, did look secure. He pushed away Markus Henriksen's spinning shot and later reacted smartly to parry a John Arne Riise drive to the near post after the Fulham left-back had embarrassed substitute Theo Walcott for his clear run at goal.

For England, there was Young volley high over the bar and a brief flurry from James Milner down the right which ended with a shot into the belly of Jarstein. Leighton Baines went close on with a free-kick that somehow breached the wall and required a sharp one-handed save from Jarstein. But the rest of Europe will rest easy on this showing.

Debut: Oxlade-Chamberlain came on for the away side in the second half

Debut: Oxlade-Chamberlain came on for the away side in the second half

England v Holland live

LIVE: England v Holland – follow the action from Wembley as it happens

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of England v Holland from Wembley Stadium, where under caretaker boss Stuart Pearce, the Three Lions begin their Euro 2012 preparations. Pearce's side is set to feature a host of young lions pushing for a place in Poland and Ukraine this summer and will be put to the test by a strong Dutch outfit. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

England v Holland (8pm)

Click here for the live goals from Wembley

England: Hart, Richards, Cahill,
Smalling, Baines, Gerrard, Parker, Barry, Johnson, Welbeck, Young.
Subs:
Green, Cole, Jones, Lescott, Milner, Walcott, Downing, Campbell,
Sturridge, Carson.

Holland: Stekelenburg, Boulahrouz,
Heitinga, Mathijsen, Pieters, Van Bommel, De Jong, Robben, Sneijder,
Kuyt, Van Persie.
Subs: Krul, Emanuelson, Vlaar, Strootman, Schaars,
Huntelaar, Wijnaldum, de Jong, Bruma, John, Narsingh.

Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

19.45: And the team news from the rest of the home nations and Republic of Ireland:

Slovenia v Scotland
Slovenia: Samir Handanovic, Brecko, Suler, Cesar, Jokic, Radosavljevic, Krhin, Kirm, Birsa, Ilicic, Dedic. Subs: Jasmin Handanovic, Kelhar, Pecnik, Volas, Ljubijankic, Vuckic, Vrsic, Matic, Mavric, Belec.

Scotland: McGregor, Martin, Berra, Caldwell, Mulgrew, McArthur, Adam, Morrison, Forrest, Mackie, Mackail-Smith. Subs: Gilks, Dorrans, Bannan, Robson, Cowie, Goodwillie, Miller, Snodgrass, Hanley, Foster, Gordon.

Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (FYR Macedonia)

Northern Ireland v Norway
Northern Ireland: Camp, McAuley, Hughes, Jonathan Evans, McGivern, Corry Evans, Clingan, Davis, Ferguson, Shiels, Paterson. Subs: Mannus, Hodson, McGinn, Healy, McCann, Duff, McQuoid, McCourt, Carson, McGovern.

Norway: Jarstein, Hogli, Rogne, Demidov, Riise, Henriksen, Nordtveit, Grindheim, Pedersen, Abdellaoui, Huseklepp. Subs: Pettersen, Reginiussen, Elyounoussi, Ruud, Jenssen, Braaten, Berisha.

Rep of Ireland v Czech Republic
Rep of Ireland: Given, O'Shea, O'Dea, St. Ledger, Ward, Duff, Andrews, Whelan, McGeady, Keane, Long. Subs: Forde, Hunt, Foley, Duffy, Walters, Coleman, McCarthy, Cox, Green, McClean,
Henderson.

Czech Republic: Cech, Gebre Selassie, Limbersky, Sivok, Kadlec, Petrzela, Rezek, Stajner, Plasil, Baros, Jiracek. Subs: Drobny, Rajnoch, Pekhart, Pudil, Rajtoral, Pilar, Hubschman, Kolar, Lafata.

Referee: Manuel de Sousa (Portugal)

19.42: At the Cardiff City Stadium for the Gary Speed memorial match:

Wales v Costa Rica
Wales: Price, Gunter, Blake, Williams, Matthews, Robson-Kanu, Allen, Crofts, Vaughan, Bellamy, Morison. Subs: Brown, Vokes, Taylor, Ricketts, Gabbidon, Ledley, Earnshaw, Collison.

Costa Rica: Navas, Umana, Salvatierra, Miller, Cunningham, Barrantes, Azofeifa, Wallace, Oviedo, Ruiz, Campbell. Subs: Cambronero, Mora, Brenes, Diaz, Tejeda, Gabas, Cubero, McDonald.

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

19.40: Full line-ups from Wembley Stadium:

England v Holland
England: Hart, Richards, Cahill, Smalling, Baines, Gerrard, Parker, Barry, Johnson, Welbeck, Young. Subs: Green, Cole, Jones, Lescott, Milner, Walcott, Downing, Campbell, Sturridge, Carson.

Holland: Stekelenburg, Boulahrouz, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Pieters, Van Bommel, De Jong, Robben, Sneijder, Kuyt, Van Persie. Subs: Krul, Emanuelson, Vlaar, Strootman, Schaars, Huntelaar, Wijnaldum, de Jong, Bruma, John, Narsingh.

Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

19.35: And I still remain convinced if I keep watching the semi-final against Germany, Paul Gascoigne will connect with Alan Shearer's cross one day.

19.32: For more joyful times (from an England perspective anyway) how about the Three Lions' 4-1 win against Holland at Euro 96

Teedy Sheringham and Alan Shearer destroyed Guus Hiddink's side on that glorious afternoon which booked Terry Venables' team a place in the quarter-final.

I always find it is impossible to look back on Euro 96 without smiling at some point.

19.27: Right time for a trip down memory lane.

First up Sportsmail's Matt Barlow and Neil Moxley gloss over that 2-0 defeat to the Dutch on February 9 1977.

And that was a kind score to England who were ripped to shreds by total football.

Though if it is any consolation pretty much everyone was falling victim to the classy Dutch at the time.

19.22: Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on Twitter:

Waiting for the England game…..looking forward to it! Come on England!

I wonder if we will see him this summer Let's hope so.

Captain fantastic: Scott Parker (left) will lead England out against Holland at Wembley

Captain fantastic: Scott Parker (left) will lead England out against Holland at Wembley

19.19: Micah Richards is handed his first England start since November 2007 tonight as interim boss Stuart Pearce sends his team into action against World Cup runners-up Holland at Wembley.

A regular under Steve McClaren, Richards earned a single cap under Fabio Capello.

However, following the withdrawals of Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker, Richards has become one of four Manchester City players in a team that also contains three from title rivals United.

As had been reported earlier in the day, Scott Parker is named as skipper.

However, the fact Steven Gerrard is also in the starting line-up, the first time the pair have been on the pitch at the same time in an England game, gives even more significance to Pearce's decision to give the armband to Parker.

In total there are six changes to the team that defeated Sweden, in what turned out to be Capello's last match in charge last November.

Surprisingly, Everton full-back Leighton Baines is one of those who keeps his place.

Danny Welbeck is given his full debut as the lone striker and Adam Johnson is handed his first start since October 2010 as he wins his 10th cap.

19.14: So what do we want from tonight's game Entertainment, a positive result, a clean sheet

Personally I will be happy just to see a confident England performance that sees them create a few chances and gives this unfamiliar team something to build on.

It really does look a raw starting XI.

19.11: So within two years Scott Parker has gone from a World Cup reject to England captain.

Something like that needs more than a summary, so luckily Sportsmail's Matt Lawton has produced this excellent piece of pre-match reading for you.

19.06: A slight tweak to the squad folks. Joe Hart will start instead of Rob Green in goal:

England starting XI:

Hart, Richards, Cahill, Smalling, Baines, Parker, Barry, Gerrard, A Johnson, Young, Welbeck.

19.03: Before we start with today though, I want to take you back to 1993.

England had failed to qualify for the following year's World Cup, but how many of you watching this advert thought that boy would be England captain going into Euro 2012…go on be honest.

19.00: It's been three months since England last played so you would have thought it's just a case of fine tuning the strings to make sure everything is set before Euro 2012.

Wrong. In that time frame England have lost a manager (and are still looking for a new one), lost a captain (just appointed one), are without arguably their two best strikers for the start of this summer and have been hit by a whole selection of injuries for this fixture…I do hope we have some positives tonight.

The team news is already in for England which you can find out by clicking here.

Winning streak: England will hope to build on 1-0 wins against Spain (above) and Sweden last November

Winning streak: England will hope to build on 1-0 wins against Spain (above) and Sweden last November