Rogne's delight at Norway call-up
By: Mark Henderson on 27 Feb, 2012 10:36
THOMAS Rogne’s terrific form for Celtic was rewarded last week by his first ever call-up to senior Norway squad, and the defender believes starring on that stage will eventually benefit him at club level.
The 21-year-old headed off today (Monday) to join up with his compatriots for their friendly with Northern Ireland in Belfast, where he could face fellow Hoops stars, Paddy McCourt and Niall McGinn.
A regular at under-21 level for his country, Rogne is relishing the prospect of becoming a full internationalist but admitted such was his focus on Celtic that it all come as a bit of surprise.
Speaking exclusively to the official Celtic website, Rogne said: “It’s obviously a great thing. I think it’s a good achievement and I’m very happy to go and it should be a very good experience.
“To be honest, I never really thought about it as I never thought I would be in it. All I focus on is Celtic really and the national team is just like a bonus, so to be in the first team will be an experience to savour and hopefully I can bring some parts into my game which will benefit Celtic as well.”
The stopper is just one of many Celts who will represent their country this week. Here is the full list of players and the games they will be involved in:
James Forrest and Charlie Mulgrew, friendly against Slovenia, Koper (February 29)
Joe Ledley and Adam Matthews, friendly against Costa Rica (February 29)
Ki Sung Yueng, 2014 World Cup Qualifier, Seoul, South Korea (February 29)
Georgios Samaras, friendly against Belgium, Heraklion, Crete (February 29)
Paddy McCourt and Niall McGinn, friendly against Norway, Belfast, (February 29)
Thomas Rogne, friendly against N. Ireland, Belfast (February 29)
Efrain Juarez, friendly against Colombia, Miami (February 29)
Daniel Majstorovic and Mikael Lustig, friendly against Croatia, Zagreb (February 29)
Victor Wanyama, Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo, Nairobi (February 29)
Emilio Izaguirre, friendly against Ecuador, Guayaquil (February 29
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Darren O’Dea, friendly against Czech Republic, Aviva Stadium, Dublin (February 29)
Lewis Toshney was included in Scotland U21 squad for their fixture with the Netherlands at St Mirren Park but had to pull out because of injury.
Filip Twardzik and Patrik Twardzik, friendly against England, London (February 28)
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Paul George, friendly against Turkey, Istanbul (February 28)
Last week, Joseph Chalmers, Marcus Fraser, Michael Miller and John Herron were called up to a Scotland U18 training camp.