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15-year-old Norwegian to play UAE friendly

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 19, 2014 at 6:37 am •  Published: August 19, 2014

OSLO, Norway (AP) — A 15-year-old has been selected by Norway for the country's upcoming friendly against the United Arab Emirates on Aug. 27.

Martin Odegaard, a midfielder with Norwegian club Stromsgodset, says "it is huge" to play for a team that he has watched on television.

Born Dec. 17, 1988, Odegaard has already represented the U-17 side, including appearances against the United States, France and Scotland.

Coach Per-Mathias Hogmo included the teenager in his squad, after a string of impressive performances for his club.

Hogmo said Tuesday that he considered Odegaard "would be one of this year's rising stars."

"I am looking forward seeing him in action," he added.

Stromgodset are currently third in Norway's top-tier Tippeliga league.