Lyon forward Ada Hegerberg has returned to the Norway national team five years after a pay dispute with the Norwegian Football Federation. She quit the national team in 2017 before winning the inaugural Ballon d’Or in 2018 with the federation failing to break the impasse. Martin Sjogren included Hegerberg in his squad for their 2023 World Cup qualifiers against Kosovo and Poland.
“It feels incredibly good to be back,” Norway forward Ada Hegerberg said in a video message. “I will do my part to help us achieve great things, both on and off the field – for football, for Norway, but not least for the next generation.”
“For the most part, we have talked about how we see the future together, and not what has happened in the past,” Norway head coach Martin Sjogren said. “It was mostly to do with Ada’s role and how we can make the team even better. The conversations have been very good.”
“It was tough at so many camps. I have been broken mentally,” Hegerberg had said after quitting the national team. “It has been a deeply depressing feeling. I had nightmares after being with the national team, you shouldn’t have things like that. If you want to get anywhere in life you have to make choices. Immediately the thought came into my mind – ‘I think I’ll have to stop playing for the national team’. [Then] everything just ran off and I started to sleep well again.”