Norway Under-21s find themselves out of tune with air hostess
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The Norwegian side will be hoping for more success on the pitch than they got on the plane when their European Under-21 Championship campaign gets underway against hosts Israel tomorrow.
Having boarded their Turkish Airlines flight from Oslo to Tel Aviv, coach Tor Ole Skullerud’s side were a little perplexed to find themselves with no leg-room while squashed in economy.
Then, one of the squad happened to peer through a curtain that separated the cheap seats from business class and, noticing it was empty, asked the hostess if it would be possible for them to grab a cheeky upgrade.
To sweeten the deal the players offered to sing the airline employee a song but, sadly, that’s when it all started to go wrong.
‘We tried to start a song in Turkish but it didn’t really work,’ explained midfielder Harmeet Singh. ‘We were told to return to economy.’
Striker Flamur Kastrati insisted it was the vocal talent of the squad and not the attitude of the airline staff that was to blame for the failure to secure a more comfortable flight .
‘The charm worked but not the singing voice,’ he said.
Having qualified for the finals for the first time since 1998 Norway have found themselves in Group A along with Italy, hosts Israel and Stuart Pearce’s England side.