England beat Norway 1-0 but concerns over Gareth Barry's fitness mount
Ashley Young scored England's goal in Norway
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Sunday, 27, May 2012 10:24
By Tom Witham
England beat Norway 1-0 in Oslo last night thanks to an early goal from Ashley Young, but the biggest talking point was the injury sustained by Gareth Barry.
Roy Hodgson's first match in charge of the Three Lions went according to plan and got off to a dream start when Manchester United winger Young netted with a low drive after just nine minutes.
His partnership in attack with Andy Carroll showed signs of promise and reserve goalkeeper Rob Green was rarely troubled in goal, although he did well to keep out a stinging shot from John Arne Riise.
However, Hodgson will be worried about the fate of Barry, who was withdrawn in the second half with a suspected groin injury.
With fellow central midfielder Scott Parker already nursing a problem, the England boss will not want too many selection headaches prior to Tuesday's deadline for submitting his Euro 2012 squad.
Barry is due to undergo a scan today to work out the extent of the damage. His condition is the only cloud for Hodgson, who masterminded England's first win in Oslo for 32 years.