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Kristine Minde on England defeat

Following Norway’s elimination from the World Cup by England, our reporter on the scene spoke to Kristine Minde about the match and tournament.

WF: “Obviously, you’re disappointed to go out but can you explain a little more about how you’re feeling?”
KM: “I feel empty. We didn’t expect it, we really believed we could go further in this world cup and this feeling is not good.”

WF: “You conceded very early, did the plan change or did the players get together and say anything?”
KM: “We said, there was much time left, we had time to change it and had eye-contact and try to talk to each other and keep the spirit up.

WF: “Although Norway didn’t score in the second half, the team played much better. What did Martin [Sjögren] say at half time?”
KM: “We watched some clips on how to do it a little better in offence and defence and we had to believe that one goal and it was still a game.

WF: “The team wasn’t at their best, do you think the extra time and penalties against Australia in the heat in Nice was effecting the team?”
KM: “I don’t think so, we also had one day more than England and I feel that everyone was ready for this game but today we couldn’t play our best game and England is better than us and England deserved the win.”

WF: “It’s raw now, but do you think you’ll be able to look back as a group and be proud of what you’ve achieved this summer?”
KM: “Of course, I am really proud of what the team has developed over the years. I don’t think there were many that believed we could go as far as we did and we played some really good games at this World Cup and I believe we belong in the rest of the best in the world; we are a really good team.”

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