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Steff thinks it's all over...

Posted on 2 June 2001  - 12:00

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Steffen Iversen accepts that Norway&rsquo&#59;s World Cup challenge is all but over &mdash&#59; and the absent striker can do little to affect their plight.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal>Two bangs on the head, leading to concussion, put paid to Steffen&rsquo&#59;s season &mdash&#59; and<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>although the striker was hopeful of making the bench for the final game of the season at home to Manchester United, it didn&rsquo&#59;t materialise.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal>Not playing in that fixture gave Steffen no chance to prove his fitness to his national coach and he duly misses the vital internationals against Ukraine and Belarus.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;Playing the last game was important for me for the summer internationals,&rdquo&#59; revealed Steffen. &ldquo&#59;Not playing there made it difficult for me to make other games.&rdquo&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal>With a two-point haul and no wins following defeats to Ukraine, Belarus and Armenia, coupled with draws with Wales and Poland &mdash&#59; it has been a taxing time for a recently buoyant footballing nation.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;For Norway it has,&rdquo&#59; confirmed Steffen. &ldquo&#59;We really don&rsquo&#59;t have a chance to go through, but if we win all the rest of our games and if the other games go in our favour we might still have a small chance.&rdquo&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal>Steffen went on to look on the positive side and cling to what glimmers of hope remain.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;We&rsquo&#59;ve got Leo back, who scored two goals in our last game, John Carew is back in form &mdash&#59; there is a lot of players coming back into form so hopefully we can end the World Cup misery now in the Ukraine and turn it around again and start winning.&rdquo&#59;</SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal><I><B>By Richard Hubbard</B></I></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">&nbsp&#59;<o:p></o:p></SPAN>