From mandatory holiday to international debut: “Was bizarre to hear”


FC Groningen striker J├Ârgen Strand Larsen was the subject of a remarkable news report at the beginning of November: he was allowed to skip the away game against Feyenoord because he was sent on holiday. However, that break was shorter than expected, due to an unexpected call-up for the Norwegian national team.

Beach Larsen played its last match for the Norwegian Sarpsborg at the end of August and then went straight to FC Groningen. The club protected its twenty-year-old striker from itself and released him for the match against Feyenoord: Strand Larsen settled with his parents and grandparents. “I took the advice to take a rest quite literally, because I was mainly on the couch”, he told Voetbal International. “After all, as a football player you don’t get that many chances on a holiday.”

However, on November 18, he was allowed to make his international debut against Austria. The Norwegian national team had to put together an entirely new selection after a positive corona test, Strand Larsen was one of the eighteen chosen. “I was told that I would start in the base if I reported. It was bizarre to hear. You are going from a holiday to a possible international debut”, he describes his remarkably gone debut.

Afterwards he received compliments from an old acquaintance: brand new Golden Boy Erling Braut Haaland, whom he still knows from the national youth selections. “He said: maybe someday we will be on the forefront together“Strand Larsen said.” He is a great striker that I can learn a lot from.

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