Norway is the current title holder from EURO 2014 from Hungary and Croatia, and they are also the regning World Champions from Denmark (2015). After Olympic bronze in Rio this summer, Thorir Hergeirsson was not satisfied with the performance of the team in defence and he made major changes in the squad to strengthen the defensive system. In addition the Norwegian coaching team madde some changes also on the right side of the team, with younger players both on rightbacck and rightwing position.
Katrine Lunde was not selected to the squad, Heidi Løke is expecting a baby, Ida Alstad and Mari Molid were not selected either.
Norway’s group is a tough one with Russia (Olympic champion), Romania =WCh bronze medalist) and Croatia
Key players: Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Nora Mørk, Veronica Kristiansen, Marit Malm Frafjord
Absences: Katrine Lunde (not selected), Ida Alstad, Mari Molid (not selected), Linn Kristin Riegelhuth (not selected)
Goalkeepers: Kari Aalvik Grimsbø (Győri Audi ETO KC), Silje Solberg (Issy Paris Hand)
Line player: Marit Malm Frafjord (Larvik HK), Vilde Mortensen Ingstad (Team Esbjerg)
Left wing: Camilla Herrem (HC Vardar), Sanna Solberg (Larvik HK)
Left back: Veronica Kristiansen (FC Midtjylland), Emilie Hegh Arntzen (Byåsen ), Kjerstin Boge Solås (Tertnes Elite)
Centre back: Stine Bredal Oftedal (Issy Paris Hand), Marta Tomac (Vipers Kristiansand)
Right back: Nora Mørk (Győr Audi ETO KC), Stine Skogrand (Silkeborg Voel), Silje Waade (Byåsen )
Right wing: Amanda Kurtovic (Larvik HK), Malin Aune (Oppsal IF)