Hamar (Netafsen): Amal Pellegrino’s four goals against Valerenga last weekend means he is on fire ahead of a call-up to the national team squad for matches against Cyprus and Spain in October.
The 33-year-old has scored 22 goals and eight assists (a total of 30 goal points) in 22 games this season, with a total of 56 goals in 72 appearances since coming to Bodo/Glimt in 2021 and became top scorer with 25 goals in the Eliteserien last season.
However, he benefited from being selected for the Norway national team under Ståle Solbakken.
A week before the next draw, the national team manager spoke to Netavsen about Glimt’s jewel.
– He is a player that we discussed, but at the same time we are very honest about what gives us the most in what kind of situation, reveals Stahl Solbakken.
33 is the right age to make his debut for Norway
-You don’t have anything against him
Since taking charge of Norway, the national team manager has brought in far more players from the Premier League than was the case under his predecessor Lars Lagerback.
Players such as Bard Finn (Bran) and Thomas Lenny Olsen (LSK) are among those selected for last year’s senior squad, but Pellegrino is still benefiting from getting the opportunity.
Solbaken analyzes the 33-year-old’s season this way.
– He started well, then it was a less good period, then he is on his way back up again now. I don’t watch if he scores two penalty kicks and we know he scores amazing goals. He says he is a good player, there is no doubt about that.
He says the national team staff must put Pellegrino’s achievements in an international context, and points out that they have no problem rewarding Yelitserin players with a place in the national team.
-We have nothing against him at all and we think he is a very good footballer.
– Were you in conversation with him?
– No, but I talk to Ketil Knutsen regularly.
-Is he suitable for the next team?
– He’s in that group (with the current players), so we’ll see. He is also a little dependent on others.
I have been silent
Pellegrino himself has not spoken about the national team recently, but he came to Solbakken ahead of the June encounter when he was dropped despite his impressive form.
– I can’t comment on that. “He has a little dew on his eyes, so I can’t do anything about it,” Pellegrino added. TV 2 After Bodø/Glimt wreaks havoc on HamKam.
Norway trailed in European Championship qualifying and must win both of its October matches to have a chance to fight for progress in the group.
On October 12, Cyprus awaits in Larnaca, while a gallery of stars from Spain visits Olival on October 15 in a match that Stal Solbakken’s crew must win.
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