Real Madrid youngster Odegaard named in Norway squad

Despite not having played for the club since his high-profile transfer in January, the 16-year-old has been handed another international call-up

Real Madrid youngster Martin Odegaard has been named in Norway’s squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia.

The 16-year-old joined Madrid from Stromsgodset in January, signing a contract with the club until 2019, but he has yet to make an appearance for the first team.

He has, however, featured numerous times under Zinedine Zidane’s tutelage in the Castilla side and has done enough to win another international call-up.

“I had a good meeting with Ancelotti and Zidane,” Norway boss Per-Mathias Hogmo, who watched Odegaard play for the Castilla last weekend, told reporters.

“I’m glad to see we see things the same way. They have great faith in Martin and they have set a plan for him to continue developing.”

Odegaard is already a sensation in Norway and has three caps to his name after making his debut in August aged just 15.

His first competitive international appearance came two months later, as he came off the bench in a 2-1 win over Bulgaria, and he could feature again on March 28 in Zagreb.

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