Huseklepp looking for a Euro miracle

Erik Huseklepp is in line to start for Norway against Cyprus tonight
Erik Huseklepp is in line to start for Norway against Cyprus tonight
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Erik Huseklepp is on international duty tonight as Norway seek to clinch a place at the Euro 2012 finals.

Egil Olsen’s side are three points adrift of joint-leaders Portugal and Denmark in group H heading into the final qualification match.

Norway need to defeat Cyprus in Oslo by a big scoreline and then hope either Portugal or Denmark – who play each other – suffer a hammering so they can seal second spot on goal difference.

However, that looks like it will be a tall order.

Huseklepp is an expected starter in Norway’s group H finale.

Not included, though, is Bjorn Helge Riise.

He has been omitted from the squad after failing to get regular domestic football.

The midfielder will be optimistic that situation will now change after arriving at Fratton Park on an emergency loan from Fulham.

Elsewhere, Liam Lawrence is in the Republic of Ireland’s squad tonight.

Going into their final fixture, they are two points behind Russia in group B.

It means Ireland will entertain Armenia needing to avoid defeat to clinch a play-off place.

The likelihood is Russia will get the point they require at home to Andorra to seal top spot.

Tal Ben Haim will not be on duty tonight, though.

He is currently sitting out an international ban following a recent red card for Israel.

It means he misses their match against Malta.

Any hopes of Israel making the finals have already been dashed, though.

Greece and Croatia top group F going into the last round of fixtures.

The best Israel can hope for is third spot – with them facing a Malta side rock bottom.

Hermann Hreidarsson’s Iceland will not be playing.

They fulfilled the last of their group H fixtures at the weekend with a 5-3 defeat at Portugal, which Hreidarsson missed through injury.