Norway vs. England: 6 Things We Learned About England's Euro 2012 Chances

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Norway vs. England: 6 Things We Learned About England's Euro 2012 Chances
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Roy Hodgson led England to victory in his first match in charge of the national side, and after only a couple of weeks in the job it is certain he is still learning plenty about his new set of players.

Norway were the opponents, a team England hadn't beaten away from home since the year they won the World Cup (1966), but an early Ashley Young strike, the only goal of the game, ensured that statistic changed.

With players rested from Chelsea, the early withdrawal through injury of third-choice goalkeeper John Ruddy and several stand-by players having to be called up to make up the numbers, it was always going to be an interesting occasion for Hodgson to get through.

There were a good few positives for the new manager to take from the game, more than a few areas of improvement to work on before the start of the tournament—but above all else, England won and kept a clean sheet, and that will be of great satisfaction to Hodgson.

Here are six things we learned about England's chances in Euro 2012 after the 1-0 win over Norway:

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