Nov 15 (Reuters) – Manchester City striker Erling Haaland has said he wants to be able to take part in the Qatar World Cup but because Norway failed to qualify for the tournament, the 22-year-old will use the break to recharge for the rest of the Prime Minister. League season.
Haaland cemented his reputation as one of Europe’s finest strikers after moving to City from Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season, scoring 18 goals in 13 league appearances and five goals in four Champions League appearances.
But with Norway only finishing third in Group G of the European World Cup qualifiers behind the Netherlands and Turkey, Haaland will have to wait to add to his international tally of 21 goals.
“I would have liked to play in the World Cup of course, but it’s the reality now (that) I don’t do (that), but I will relax my body and my mind a lot, then I will train”, Haaland told reporters. .
“What am I going to train on? Nothing special I think, my first few months at City went pretty well so I don’t need to make so many changes to be honest.
“It’s about getting ready for the next half of the season and being ready when the next game starts after the break.”
Norway last qualified for the World Cup in 1998.
“The biggest thing we can do is go to a World Cup or Euros,” Haaland said. “That’s of course my goal with the national team. We know it’s difficult, but I hope one day I can play there in the future.”
Haaland said Brazil, Argentina, France and England are favorites in Qatar, where the World Cup kicks off on November 20.
“I can’t say just one, because there are so many good teams, so yes, those four,” added Haaland.
Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond
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