National team coach Per-Mathias Høgmo revealed Tuesday that he’s will use Håvard Nordtveit (23) as a central defender in the national team.
“Håvard is in an exciting phase: will he be defender in the end, or will he be a central midfielder. It will be interesting to see now. I can’t take out the team of Borussia Mönchengladbach, but we’ve first and foremost taken him out as an alternative for the defense,” Høgmo says at a press conference in Praha Tuesday afternoon.
“We signal that we have faith in him as a defender when we take him out as a defender," says Høgmo.
Nordtveit has 12 matches for the Norwegian national team, and played last against Switzerland in the qualification for the World Cup September the 10th last year. Under Drillo, Nordtveit was used as a midfield anchor, and also for his club [Borussia], the 23 year old has been defined as a midfielder.
This season, Nordtveit has only played 411 Bundesliga minutes. Only four times has he been in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s starting line-up.
Under the national team’s stay in Abu Dhabi in January, Høgmo told VG that he was looking for a boss in the defence. He also called for better physics in the Norwegian team.
“He has a good speed, is secure with the ball and is a good duel player. I’ve got signals that they [Mönchengladbach] have considered him there [as a defender].
“Ich spiele jetzt seit drei Jahren hier […] Da wurde es einfach Zeit, dass ich hier meinen eigenen Bus bekomme.”— Havard Nordtveit auf die Frage, wieso sein Gesicht auf dem Bus klebt (via borussiamoenchengladbach)