Veteran football boss Lars Lagerback is back in the game, after being appointed Head Coach of Norway.

The Swede has the challenge of steering the struggling international team through a tough World Cup qualification group, which includes the current holders Germany.

And although Lagerback recognises his new side are outsiders, he is upbeat.

He said: “Looking at the standings, anyone can see the situation isn’t very promising.

“Being realistic, the chances are slim. You can however always win a football game, and we are looking at a few key matches coming up where victories and six points are needed.

“Then a second place and the playoffs might be within reach. Passing Germany is not realistic.”

The 68-year-old, who has signed a contract that will keep him in the job until 2020, coached Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup and had a nine-year spell in charge of Sweden.

But his greatest achievement will surely be steering footballing minnows Iceland to a shock victory over England at Euro 2016.