John Arne Riise may not know it yet, especially if Rafa Benitez has ordered a blackout on press and mobile phone contact, but he’s been name in the Norway squad by their coach Aage Hareide for the World Cup group five qualifier against Italy, to be played in Oslo on June 4.
The Italian side Riise face that night will almost certainly include players that he’s going to be facing tonight when Liverpool face AC Milan in Turkey.
Goalkeepers: Thomas Myhre (Sunderland), Espen Johnsen (Rosenborg Trondheim), Erik Holtan (Odd Grenland).
Defenders: Trond Andersen (Aalborg), Jon Inge Hoiland (Malmo), Erik Hagen (Zenit St. Petersburg), Claus Lundekvam (Southampton), Brede Hangeland (Viking), Bard Borgersen (Start), Andre Bergdolmo (Borussia Dortmund), John Arne Riise (Liverpool).
Midfielders: Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn Rovers), Martin Andresen (Brann Bergen), Tommy Svindal Larsen (Nuremberg), Jan Gunnar Solli (Rosenborg Trondheim), Kristofer Haestad (Start), Frode Johnsen (Rosenborg Trondheim), Marius Johnsen (Start), Azar Karadas (Benfica), Raymond Kvisvik (Brann Bergen).
Forwards: John Carew (Besiktas), Steffen Iversen (Valerenga), Ole Martin Arst (Tromso).