Erling Haaland’s presence at a major tournament with his national team will have to wait. After Israel’s defeat against Romania (1:2), the Norwegian striker no longer has a chance of playing at the next European Championship. To have a chance of reaching the play-offs, the Nordic country had to rely on a series of results in the final qualifying games, but will again have to miss out on taking part in a major national team tournament. Norway has not taken part in a final tournament since participating in the European Championships in 2000.
The direct classification of Spain and Scotland in Group A has left them in control of their position in the last edition of the Nations League, as the play-off system was changed and the performance of the third-placed team in the table is no longer taken into account.
Among the twelve teams that will compete in the play-offs on March 21 and 26, 2024 (three months before the European Championship), there will be no Norway, which everyone in Germany was expecting. In addition to Erling Haaland and footballers like Martin Odegaard and Alexander Sorloth, it was assumed that the Nordic team had enough potential in their country to be one of the 23 qualifiers.
This elimination is a huge blow for their top star, who will miss out on another international competition. The player of Manchester Cityafter seeing the results of the last one Golden ballis aware of the importance of participating in such tournamentsespecially given the importance that the World Cup in Qatar had for Leo Messi to win his eighth award.
In this World Cup qualification, he was unable to play in several group stage games due to an injury. In 2021, however, it was Serbia that ensured that the team was eliminated from European competition after being eliminated in extra time in, of all places, the play-off semi-finals.
From now on, Erling Haaland has to concentrate on the 2026 World Cup. An appointment that you must definitely attend if you want to further increase your figure.