7 clearances, 88% pass completion: Defender sold by Arsenal shines against England

Former Arsenal trainee Havard Nordtveit acquitted himself well against an England strikeforce of Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge.

Former Arsenal academy star Havard Nordtveit was given a chance to impress against England last night and did not let himself down.

The versatile 24-year-old featured at centre-back for Norway, and was tasked with helping the Scandinavian side shut out Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and co.

To a point, it worked, with England failing to score from open play, their only goal in the 1-0 victory coming when former Manchester City defender Omar Elabdellaoui gave away a penalty for fouling Raheem Sterling.

Nordtveit was a former Arsenal reserve team captain, and even made the bench for a Premier League game in 2008.

After a series of loans, Arsenal decided to sell the star to Borussia Moenchengladbach, where he has remained ever since.

Nordtveit is able to play in defensive midfield as well as at centre-back, a versatility the club have in Calum Chambers, but certainly would not mind having another player similarly able.

He impressed against England last night, completing 88 per cent of his passes, and made more clearances than any of his teammates with seven.

Making one tackles and two interceptions, Nordtveit also made an important contribution by blocking two shots at goal.

The Norwegian is valued at around £5 million, and has 119 Bundesliga appearances to his name, with seven goals and 12 assists.

While there is no suggestion Arsenal held any interest in re-signing him, had Arsene Wenger made such a move, his composure last night suggested a player who has progressed rapidly since his departure fro the Gunners may not have been such a bad option.

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